Reinhart –

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*Reinhart is HR liaison – to underwood /HR dir


Spfld pubworks dir under hasara –


Deputy asst campaign mgr – hasara –


·      *Coll dems prez in 95 – when rumors started – see esp brian cross – gay rumors – also coll dems – blago links – and see also pedophile rumors – used to recruit


-        Links to cib – LCN – organized crime – suhadolnik











Fuiten works w/ moore from cwlp – security – dave robinson – later ibt org –

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[see bud obit - fuiten - reinhart doc - logan - coll dems]

(Rybolt= ace sign – gift in kind – pols)


Knauer-Whisler Nancy Lee Whisler of Virden and Jeffrey William Knauer of Springfield were married at 4 p.m. July 16 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Wayne Hoffman.


The bride is the daughter of Sue Ann Whisler of Virden and the late Kenneth Whisler. The groom is the son of Daris and Emma Knauer of Lincoln.


Serving as matron of honor was Dana Whalen. Bridesmaid was Teresa Lawson. Flower girls were Hannah Tarry and Allyson Fuiten.


Best man was Brian Hassebrock. Groomsman was


*********Jim Reinhart***********.


Ushers were Ron Rybolt and John Mayernick.


A reception was held at Mathers Banquet Hall.


The bride is a graduate of Virden High School, Lincoln Land Community College and Sangamon State University. She is employed by Dr. C.W. Groesch. The groom is a graduate of Lincoln High School and Illinois State University. She is employed by Illinois State Police.




Reinhart back with state


Former Springfield Public Works Director JIM REINHART is back working for the state.


Reinhart, 36, left his $78,000 city job back in February to take an $85,000 post as deputy director of the Illinois Department of Transportation's office of finance and administration. But he was dismissed less than three months later when his new job was eliminated as part of budget cutting.


Reinhart is now being paid $80,000 annually as

personnel liaison for the Department of Corrections.

In that position, he deals with the Department of Central Management Services and the governor's office.


BRIAN FAIRCHILD, spokesman for Corrections, said more than a dozen positions have been eliminated at that agency. Reinhart is performing duties that previously, "we've had several people doing part of this and that," Fairchild said.



reports to Corrections Director



remains the personnel director and reports to chief of staff



With more than 13,000 employees, there is plenty of work for Underwood and Reinhart to take care of, Fairchild said.















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Published Thursday, August 10, 2006

State workers can't give to governor, but they can ask

Gov. ROD BLAGOJEVICH has said for some years now that he doesn't take campaign contributions from state employees.

But, it seems, he doesn't mind if those employees ask others to kick in to his campaign fund. And I'm not sure there's much of a difference there, ethically. After all, GEORGE RYAN got in trouble in part because his workers asked other people to buy fund-raising tickets.

Anyway, on Monday, there's a Springfield fundraiser at the home of WALTER "WOODY" WOODHULL and REBECCA "BECKY" WOODHULL, asking $250 per person or couple. It's billed on the invitation as a re-election reception for the governor.

Also listed on the invitation are "county chairman sponsors."

Among the eight Democratic county chairmen listed are at least three who work in agencies directly under the governor. Another sits on the Illinois State Board of Investment, which oversees about $11 billion in investments.

JIM UNDERWOODof Maroa, the

Macon County Democratic chairman,

has done pretty well under Blagojevich. He moved from the secretary of state's office, where he made about $58,250 annually, to the Illinois Department of Corrections in early 2003. He is now head of correctional industries and pulls down $93,600 annually.

Underwood told me that he is "absolutely not" contributing to the governor or asking other state employees to do so, but he is asking others.

"I don't see any problem with that," he said. "I'm not asking any state employees."

Then there's JACK MAZZOTTI, the Christian County Democratic chairman who has the nonsalaried appointive post of chairman of the State Employees' Retirement System. That also gives him a spot on the State Board of Investment, which oversees funds in retirement systems of state workers, judges and legislators - about $11 billion in all.

"I don't ask anybody that would do business with us," Mazzotti said of his seeking funds for the governor's campaign. "All my money is raised locally." He said he thinks that it is acceptable for county chairs working for the governor to raise money for him, "as long as it's above-board."

Among others listed as hosts of the event is TIM TIMONEY of Sangamon County, a lawyer who got a part-time job as a commissioner of the court of claims through his contact with the governor's office. His gets more than $40,000 annually for that work.

TERRY REDMAN of Wapella, the DeWitt County Democratic chairman, makes $54,780 annually working for the Illinois Department of Transportation; and STEVE WHITE, the Montgomery County chair, makes $51,588 working for the Department of Corrections.

Others on the list include MIKE BARNETT, the Cass County Democratic chairman, who works for the comptroller - not the governor - making $100,300 annually; MIKE MATHIS, who is not only party leader but also Macoupin County circuit clerk; and JOHN PENN of McLean County.

Rebecca Woodhull makes more than $80,000 a year as an employee of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - though she is based on the campus of Lincoln Land Community College, where she runs an offshoot of SIU, the Illinois Office of Educational Services.

DOUG SCOFIELD, spokesman for the Blagojevich campaign, saw nothing inconsistent in banning his employees from donating to the governor's campaign but having Democratic county chairmen who work for the governor asking for money for their boss.

"I think the governor's made a fundamental change from the way the Republicans did it, which is he prohibits state employees from contributing to his campaign," Scofield said. He called that "dramatically different" from state Treasurer JUDY BAAR TOPINKA, the GOP candidate for governor, who "until she decided to run for governor, accepted employee contributions."

"I think that they're showing their support for the governor," Scofield said of the chairmen, "which is different than giving money to the governor."

JOHN McGOVERN, spokesman for Topinka, said her policy now is not to take donations from treasurer's office employees.

"Only in Rod Blagojevich's world would campaign solicitors not be considered campaign contributors," McGovern said. "It's just another example of the Blagojevich pattern of hypocrisy."

Uhe takes new job

ROB UHE of Springfield is leaving his job as chief legal counsel for House Speaker MICHAEL MADIGAN, D-Chicago, and is becoming a partner early next year in the law firm Mayer Brown, Rowe and Maw in the government and global trade practice group.

In a statement, Madigan said Uhe had served with distinction for more than eight years.

"I valued his advice as my chief attorney," Madigan said. "I credit his skill for helping the legislature craft important compromise solutions to many contentious issues."

Uhe's jobs included serving as House parliamentarian and House Democratic caucus ethics officer.

A native of Jacksonville, Uhe, 38, joined the staff in 1998 and has been paid $130,000 annually. He earlier worked at two Chicago law firms. He and his family will continue to live in Springfield.

STEVE BROWN, spokesman for Madigan, said he believes Uhe will do some lobbying but will also help the firm in issues based in central Illinois.

The new legal counsel to Madigan will be DAVID ELLIS, 38, a partner in the Chicago law firm Williams, Bax and Ellis. Ellis served as Madigan's assistant legal counsel in 1999 and 2000. He has also served as special assistant attorney general, an administrative law judge for the secretary of state, and special counsel to the Illinois Compensation Review Board.

Brown said he did not know Ellis' new salary, but said Ellis is moving to Springfield.

County GOP staffer quits

A longtime staffer at the Sangamon County Republican Party office has left that post.

BRENDA STEPHENS, 43, of Chatham, the wife of Sangamon County Board member DON STEPHENS JR., a Republican, left after she completed the GOP organization's financial disclosure report for the six months that ended June 30.

Entries in that report, Brenda Stephens said, show the mistake she made - using a party Visa credit card she says had her name on it and is identical to one she owns.

"I screwed up," Stephens said. "I got the card mixed up and used it."

She said she will pay all the money back.

The party's finance report shows more than $4,000 in charges that list the beneficiary as Brenda Stephens.

Those charges include several gasoline fill-ups, more than $660 for clothes at a Limited Too store in Richmond Heights, Mo., more than $700 at Springfield's Meijer store for groceries and more than $200 for Pampered Chef goods from Addison.

"I'm not trying to hide anything," Stephens said.

She said she left the party job because she wants to spend more time at home with her children - ages 11 and 13 - who in the past sometimes came with her to work at party headquarters.

"I met a lot of wonderful people and a lot of good friends through the party," Brenda Stephens said. "For me personally, it just came to a time when I really needed to be at home with my kids more." She was paid about $16,000 in salary during the six-month period.

"It was a mutual agreement that she would prefer to spend more time with her kids at home, and we agreed that's probably a good reason," said TONY LIBRI, chairman of the county GOP.

"I've been told that perhaps it's nothing more than a mistaken use of a matching credit card. She has agreed to pay it back. So there's nothing sinister or nefarious going on here."

He said both he and lawyer BRUCE STRATTON, who is secretary of the county GOP, met with Stephens. He also said the parting has been "very amiable."

Don Stephens faces Democrat GUS PFLUGMACHER of Springfield in his District 5 re-election bid.

Libri said he has no immediate plans to replace Brenda Stephens on the GOP staff. He said he hopes the party will move soon from its current headquarters, owned by former GOP County Chairman and Springfield Ward 8 Ald. IRV SMITH. The party pays Smith $1,200 per month in rent.

Libri also said if the party gets new headquarters, "I hope to staff it with volunteers."

The county party's report, by the way, shows that as of Jan. 1, it had $28,984 on hand. In the following six months, $60,654 was raised, and $81,117 was spent. As of June 30, there was $8,521 in the party's bank account, plus $31,915 in investments.

The Sangamon County Republican Foundation, which helps fund GOP causes, raised $31,153 in the six-month period and as of June 30 had $11,514 in the bank plus $248,637 invested.

On the Democratic side, the county's Democratic Central Committee had $5,129 on hand at the beginning of the year, raised $42,371, spent $36,877, and had $10,624 on hand as of June 30.

The Friends of Chairman Tim Timoney committee raised $5,920 during the six months, spent $10,037, and had $11,533 on hand.

Friends of Tony Libri, the personal campaign fund of Libri, who is also Sangamon County circuit clerk, raised $19,506 and spent $13,916 in the six-month period, ending June with $5,982 in the bank.












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Few details released about Doyle's arrest

Herald & Review (Decatur, IL)

June 11, 2003


H&R Staff Writer

Estimated printed pages: 2


DECATUR - Macon County sheriff's Lt. Jeffrey Doyle posted bond Tuesday after a Macon County judge found probable cause for his arrest on a preliminary charge of cocaine possession.

Doyle, 43, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Macon County Sheriff's Office, according to a sworn statement filed in Macon County Circuit Court in connection with his arrest. The brief statement, signed by Illinois State Police Sgt. Brad Colbrook, gives few details of the incident.


It says a confidential source for the State Police delivered about 2 grams of cocaine to Doyle in Macon County. Macon County State's Attorney Scott Rueter said Doyle was in his department-issued vehicle when the incident occurred.


Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Rick Hector declined to release information about the investigation beyond what was in a news release issued Monday.


Possession of that amount of cocaine is classified as a Class 4 felony and is punishable by probation or one to three years in prison.


Doyle has not been formally charged. Because his office has worked closely with Doyle, Rueter said he contacted the state Appellate Prosecutor's Office, which is willing to take over the review of the case to see if charges should be filed. He anticipated asking a judge to allow him to hand over the case to an outside prosecutor today.


Doyle had been a candidate for Macon County sheriff but took himself out of the running Saturday.


That was the day a nominating committee picked Phil Jacobs Jr. for the post. Following that decision, Illinois State Police Sgt. Shad Edwards also removed himself from consideration.


Macon County Board Chairman David Wolfe, D-Oakley, rejected the advice of the committee, saying Monday that he intends to nominate acting sheriff Jerry Dawson for the post at Thursday's board meeting.


Doyle did not return a phone call Tuesday seeking comment. His attorney, Brad Rau of Decatur, said his policy is not to comment about pending cases.


Dawson is a captain who has been running the office since Roger Walker Jr. retired to head the state Department of Corrections. He said Doyle, who is suspended with pay, will have what is called a predisciplinary hearing before the end of the week and then will be suspended without pay.


Dawson said he cannot fire Doyle. That decision would be up to the county's merit commission, which conducts hiring.


Sheriff's Lt. Tom Schneider said the arrest came as a shock to the department. Schneider, president of the Macon/Christian County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said it is always difficult when a law enforcement officer is accused of a crime.


"It's a very tough issue for us to talk about," he said.


Schneider said he hoped the arrest would not reflect on other officers in the department and said officers are trying to move forward.


"I know there are plenty of good officers who will step up and lead us," he said.


First Assistant State's Attorney Jack Ahola said Doyle was allowed to post bond in Logan County, where he had been held since his arrest. He is now free on $3,000 bond, of which he had to post 10 percent, and is scheduled to appear in Macon County Circuit Court on July 18.


Doyle has worked for the department since 1981, except for a three-month stint in 1983 as a Mount Zion police officer. He had worked in nearly all areas of the department, including as a correctional officer, deputy and patrol supervisor. He is now the investigations lieutenant.







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SPRINGFIELD - Gerald "Jerry" Pharis, 69, of Springfield, formerly of Mount Pulaski died at 8:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center after a fight to the end.

He was born Aug. 20, 1939, in Kenney, the son of Owen and Mae Emrey Pharis. He married Joan Reinders in 1958. He later married Debra Shellhammer Fricke on Dec. 14, 1993, in Las Vegas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lillian Rentmeister; and a granddaughter, Megan DeFoor.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Fricke-Pharis of Springfield; three daughters, Lynette Jones (Mike Maske) of Elkhart, Tracy (Bernie) DeFoor-Grundy of Taylorville and Natalie (Bill) Gingrey of Mount Zion; a stepson, Nathan (Heather) Fricke of Mount Pulaski; two grandchildren, Kyle and Christina Gingrey of Mount Zion; two stepgrandchildren, Ben and Jack Fricke of Mount Pulaski; three brothers, Ray (Pat) Pharis of Refugio, Texas, Junior (Mamie) Pharis of Mount Pulaski and Kenneth (Mary) Pharis of Rienzi, Miss.; three sisters, Helen Frank of Refugio, Dorothy (Vernell) Bahn of Mount Pulaski and Mary Louise (Gene) Mattingly of Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.

Jerry was a general contractor for many years before becoming a quality control manager with Illinois Correctional Industries. He retired in 2002. He was of the Methodist faith.

Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. until the time of funeral services at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski with the Rev. Walter Carlson officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.




Pontiac – work as data entry for IDPA – medicare fraud – closing pontiac




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, June 12, 1999

Edition: M2

Section: LOCAL

Page: 7

LINCOLN -- Illinois State Police this week seized computers from the Springfield office of former Illinois Correctional Industries director


Ronald Parish. "My understanding is they (seized) just a couple," Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Fairchild said. "I think it's a standard thing." State police, who have been investigating possible improper transactions at the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln for two months, apparently are focusing on arrangements Parish allegedly made with unnamed private companies to provide them with products from the prison's tire recycling business.


A state audit earlier this year found that recycling services were provided to private businesses through bartering and verbal agreements.


Parish was placed on paid administrative leave May 7.


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, May 13, 1999


Edition: M1,M2

Section: LOCAL

Page: 10

An Illinois prison administrator in the middle of a state police investigation has been placed on administrative leave.


Ronald Parish ran the agency's prison jobs program, Illinois Correctional Industries , until August, when state police were called in to investigate why as much as $325,000 in services were given away.


Parish was given a new job within Corrections -- finding work for parolees -- and received a raise, to $88,788 a year. But after an employee-review hearing May 6, he was told to stay away from his job, agency spokesman Brian Fairchild confirmed Wednesday.


Parish is still getting paid.


Auditors also criticized Correctional Industries for widespread mismanagement, including not collecting as much as $280,000 in sales tax. In addition, Parish was found to have driven a state car on his personal time without reporting it, a potential violation of state and tax rules.


The problems uncovered by auditors occurred before the tenure of current Corrections Director Don Snyder, who took over in January.


After the release of the audit April 21, Snyder vowed to correct as many of the problems as he could. But he said he wouldn't take any disciplinary action until state police completed their investigation and the agency knew all the facts surrounding the problems.


Snyder decided last week to take Parish off the job after reviewing the audit, Fairchild said, but the removal isn't technically discipline because he is still getting paid. "He has basically been told to stay home, and the reason for that is, until the issue is resolved, the director does not want him representing the agency," Fairchild said.


State police have asked Parish not to comment about the investigation, according to Corrections. Parish has previously declined comment.


About 1,600 of the state's 40,000 inmates participate in the jobs program, getting paid for such work as building furniture, farming, sewing clothing, baking bread and recycling tires. Corrections then sells the products to state agencies and, to a lesser extent, private companies. Last year, the program turned a $3.8 million profit.



Underwood joins Capital Development Board as deputy - Political watch

Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Sunday, September 14, 2008

Author/Byline: Lowe & Ingram

Section: News

Page: B1

Macon County Democratic Central Committee Chairman

Jim Underwood

is the new deputy director of construction for the

Illinois Capital Development Board.


Underwood, 52, had been chief executive officer for Illinois Correctional Industries since April 2004 and served as a personnel manager for the Illinois Department of Corrections for about a year prior to that.


His appointment to the new post was effective Sept. 2.





As deputy director of construction, Underwood oversees all activity on nonroad, state-funded construction projects. He replaces Jim Riemer Sr., who was named Capital Development Board executive director earlier this year.





"I'm looking forward to helping with the challenges that the Capital Development Board and the construction division face," Underwood said.


Underwood is an electrician who began his four-year apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 146 in Decatur in 1978.


He was an assistant business manager for the local for five and a half years


and earned a bachelor's degree in labor studies in 2000.


He joined the Illinois Secretary of State's Office as















and construction division chief for the state Capitol complex in January 2001, a post he held until January 2003.


The new post should have no effect on his duties as county Democratic chairman, the Maroa resident said.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, October 27, 1999


Edition: M1,M2

Section: LOCAL

Page: 10


State police on Tuesday launched a second investigation into the Illinois Department of Corrections' inmate-work program, after the suspension Monday of an administrator.


Until his suspension, Mike Shelton, 49, had run the asbestos-abatement program within the prison employment operation, known as Illinois Correctional Industries . Shelton, who was based in Springfield, was suspended with pay. He earns $48,072 a year.


Corrections spokesman Brian Fairchild said an internal investigation uncovered "irregularities." But he said he couldn't elaborate on the alleged wrongdoing because of rules requiring personnel matters to be kept confidential. "We turned over the irregularities that we discovered" to state police Tuesday, Fairchild said. "Pending further review by state police, there's not much more I can say." Fairchild said Shelton's suspension is not related to the ongoing 14-month-old police investigation of Correctional Industries and its former head, Ron Parish.


Parish ran Correctional Industries until the summer of 1998, after auditors began looking into mismanagement of the program. Among other things, Correctional Industries' tire-recycling operation gave away at least $100,000 in services during a four-year deal to haul junk tires from Chicago tire dealer Stuart Bradshaw, who happened to be a gubernatorial campaign contributor.


In August 1998, state police began investigating the program to deduce whether the loss was from simple mismanagement or a scheme to reward a political insider. At the same time, Parish was transferred to a new job within Corrections and given a 5 percent raise, to $88,788 a year.


In April of this year, auditors released a scathing report alleging widespread mismanagement in Correctional Industries. A month later, Corrections Director Don Snyder suspended Parish with pay until completion of the original state police probe. State police have not said when that inquiry might be finished.


As for Shelton, Corrections officials plan to decide soon whether to revoke his pay during his suspension period, Fairchild said. Shelton could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


Correctional Industries is a self-supporting division of the department that employs about 4 percent of the state's prison inmates. The inmates perform a variety of tasks ranging from baking bread to building furniture. The goods not used by Corrections are sold to other state agencies or nonprofit groups.


The asbestos-removal program began more than a decade ago as a way for Corrections to offer job training and cut the agency's cost to remove cancer-causing asbestos from old prisons, Fairchild said. Much of the program's work has taken place at the aging Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 6, 2000


Page: 1

For years, the Illinois prison system's inmate-work program has kept money that its customers have accidentally overpaid, erasing at least $30,000 worth of credit from accounts of state agencies, school districts and even churches.


A Copley News Service investigation has found that the program, known as Illinois Correctional Industries , often double-billed government agencies and non-profit groups that purchased products made by inmates.


If customers didn't use that excess credit in time, Correctional Industries quietly wiped away the credits and transferred the money to its own accounts. No phone calls were made. No letters were sent. And only a customer's complaint would get the credits reinstated.


The revelation angered many of the customers who had not realized they'd been shorted. Among those was the Sangamon County Sheriff's Department, which lost nearly $250 in 1993.


"It (the practice) sounds bogus to me. It sounds like it was fraud," said Sheriff Neil Williamson.


Longtime program administrators insist their actions are above-board and conform to state law. They also insist that nobody has ever complained about the 18-year-old policy - a claim that's disputed in internal memos obtained by Copley News Service.


Regardless, Corrections officials now say the program should at least warn customers that their credits could be erased.


"That's only fair," said internal auditor Mike Kelly, who recently joined the program.


The revelation joins an already long list of publicized problems with the Correctional Industries' former management, most of whom have already left the agency. Critics have long accused the group of turning a well-intentioned program into a factory of freebies for the politically connected.


Among other charges, the attorney general's office and a special Illinois House committee are investigating why program administrators gave away $300,000 worth of free tire-hauling services to a campaign contributor over a five-year period.


When told about the erased credits, the legislative committee's co-chairmen both said they would expand their probe and ask for the auditor general's help.


"This is a lousy policy," said one of the co-chairmen, Rep. Tom Johnson, R-West Chicago. "Obviously we're going to have to have some hearings on this and ask some questions."


Correctional Industries employs about 4 percent of the prison inmates making products ranging from street signs to pajamas, and it sold the products much like any other business.


There's no evidence that any civilian employees pocketed the excess cash. Rather, documents from the past seven years - the oldest available - showed that the money was eventually shifted to Correctional Industries' operating budget. That helped a program that, for much of the mid-1990s, couldn't turn a profit.


Correctional Industries administrators said the policy of erasing overpayments dates to at least 1982, and it was justified under the state's spending rules for fiscal years, the 12-month cycles that stretch from July to June. Agencies are budgeted money every fiscal year, and they have to spend it either that fiscal year or the first two months of the next fiscal year. If they don't, they lose it.


Correctional Industries simply adapted those use-it-or-lose-it rules for its customer credits as well. If the program owed somebody money, that amount could be erased if it lagged on the books past that fiscal year. So, roughly once a year, the agency cleared the books of the credits, termed "unresolved overpayments."


The bookkeeping supervisor, Kathy McIntire, said they gave customers ample notice of credits in monthly statements. But the statements didn't mention that the credits could be taken away, or that they could avoid losing it by requesting a refund in writing.


The practice is spelled out in Correctional Industries' policy manual, and sales agents were supposed to tell customers about it. But administrators concede that often didn't happen.


Complicating matters, the program's bookkeepers struggled to keep the billing process up to date. Customers often were sent invoices for bills that had already been paid, administrators said. That led to many of the overpayments, which later turned into the credit erasures.


The biggest "victims" of the credit erasures actually were Corrections' own prisons, which had transferred $14,000 in overpayments to Correctional Industries, according to records that date to 1993, the oldest available. Other state agencies lost about $8,400.


But the largest group affected by the practice included more than 100 local government and non-profit groups - ranging from sheriff's offices to veterans organizations - which collectively had more than $10,000 in credits erased in the past seven years. It's unclear how much was reinstated after complaints.


The Parkland College Foundation in Champaign lost only 19 cents. But others in this group had more at stake. The Logan County Sheriff's Department nearly lost an overpayment of $1,275 until it called and got its credit reinstated.


Still, some of those who got refunds resented the policy, such as Martinton Township road commissioner Alan Dewitt.


"I think it stinks," said Dewitt, whose township in Iroquois County almost lost $850. "Nobody else could do business that way."


And it was clear that some Correctional Industries employees were uneasy about the process. Bookkeeper Laura Teater wrote two memos to her supervisors in 1996 complaining about the practice. In the second one, she said that McIntire, then a senior bookkeeper, was still directing her to wipe off customers' credits.


"These are anything but 'unresolved overpayments.' They have all been, very clearly, double payments against one invoice. ... Most of these customers expect any credits to be applied to their next purchase," Teater wrote.


"I must question the legalities of these actions. These payments, whether paid in error or not, are still payments made in good faith by our customers. The money belongs to them," Teater wrote.


McIntire, who has since been promoted, said last month that she didn't remember any complaints from co-workers about the policy, even after she was shown Teater's memos. And she defended her actions in the erasures.


"I did it because of the Policy and Procedures manual," McIntire said. "I didn't write the procedure. It's been there forever."


Teater left Corrections in December 1998 for a better-paying job at the Department of Military Affairs. She also is a Grandview village trustee.


Reached last week for comment, she confirmed she wrote the memos but declined to comment further, citing a fear of retribution.


Correctional Industries' new management acknowledged the problems with the current policy. An internal auditor from Department of Corrections, which oversees the program, has already suggested revamping the policy, said Ken Dobucki, who took over Correctional Industries in mid-1998.


While the program's critics welcomed such a policy switch, they still expressed anger about yet another problem with the much-maligned program.


"I have called it a fiefdom before, and it really was," said Rep. Tom Dart, D-Chicago, who co-chairs the House committee with Johnson. "Every revelation that comes out in this area just keeps reinforcing the same thing: It was people who felt absolutely that there was nobody that they were accountable to."


Joe Mahr can be reached at 782-6882 or joe.mahr@sj-r.com.




Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - Tuesday, November 9, 1999

Author/Byline: KURT ERICKSON

Section: NEWS

Page: A10

SPRINGFIELD - In a move reminiscent of the childhood game called "Hot Potato," Sangamon County prosecutors have decided not to pursue a criminal case involving possible corruption within the Illinois Department of Corrections.


Late last week, Sangamon County State's Attorney John Schmidt forwarded results of a year-long state police investigation into the state's prison system to the Illinois attorney general's office.


A spokesman for Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan said Monday the office is reviewing the case, which focuses on problems with a Logan Correctional Center inmate work program.


State police began probing a tire recycling operation at the Lincoln prison after state auditors found that as much as $325,000 in inmate services may have been given away.


At the center of the case is an oral agreement apparently struck between Illinois Correctional Industries and a Chicago tire dealer.


Correctional Industries, a division of Corrections which operates the inmate work program, agreed to haul a tire company's junk tires to the prison in exchange for a supply of used tire parts that could be recycled for use on state trucks.


But instead of being an equal trade, the unwritten deal apparently cost the state more than $100,000.


Schmidt's decision to hand the case over to Ryan's office marks the third agency that has declined to pursue it.


The evidence gathered by state police investigators apparently wasn't strong enough for the U.S. Attorney's office in Springfield to prosecute the case. Results of the probe also were reviewed by the state Appellate Prosecutor's office, which declined to pursue the case because of manpower concerns.


Schmidt said, to avoid a potential conflict of interest, he couldn't take the case because of employees' familiarity with people involved.


A spokesman for the attorney general's office said there was no timetable on how long it would take for the agency's criminal division to review the case.


And, added spokesman Jerry Owens, "By reviewing it, it doesn't automatically mean we'll take it."


The head of the program that oversaw the Logan tire recycling facility remains on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Ronald Parish, who was director of Illinois Correctional Industries , has been paid about $40,000 since he was placed on leave earlier this year.


(manufactured housing) hires prisoners


Prison Walls -Inmates at Taylorville Correctional Center build opportunities for others and themselves.

Breeze Courier (Taylorville, IL) - Sunday, December 11, 2005


Section: News

As the snow started to fly on Thursday, inmates at Taylorville Correctional Center sent a gift to a family three states away.


Seventeen men enrolled in the prison's Construction Occupations vocational class lifted wall components they'd built into a truck that would deliver them to Shreveport, LA, where a family displaced by Hurricane Katrina is waiting like kids on the lookout for Santa.


Since 1995 inmates at TCC have worked in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity constructing walls for three-, four-, and five-bedroom houses, as well as garages and a storage shed. The house in Shreveport will be the 90th Habitat structure Taylorville inmates have helped build.


This project was special, said John Holmes of

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois,

the agency that provides building materials used by the inmates through its Building Homes: Rebuilding Lives program.


The number is a landmark, the destination is a first, and the coordination that led to the loaded truck pulling away from the prison could be likened to a Christmas miracle.


The Fuller Center for Housing, formed by Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller, is ready, along with half a dozen other entities, to begin building the first of 60 homes in Shreveport's Allendale neighborhood. Construction is scheduled to begin tomorrow, December 12.


While truckers for Illinois Correctional Industries have transported all components previously built by Taylorville inmates for Habitat houses to in-state destinations, special arrangements had to be made for a run to Louisiana.


Mike McKinney, assistant warden of programs at TCC, had arranged for an independent trucker to make the trip, but the driver later canceled.


"I contacted trucking firms," McKinney said. "Nothing fell into place."


He turned to Lutheran Social Services, the prison's project partner. Holmes sent out e-mails to affiliates statewide, and through the network a driver was secured.


The Illinois Southern Baptist Disaster Team stepped up to supply the truck, and the trailer came from Midwest Missions, a ministry of the United Methodist Church. With inmate builders from Taylorville Correctional Center led by an instructor from Lakeland Community College, the project was truly ecumenical.


Instructor David Sharpe guides his students through an eight to nine month course teaching them basic carpentry, drafting, electrical and plumbing skills, as well as dry walling, masonry, painting and even wallpapering.


"Most of these guys had no construction skills when they started," Sharpe said. As they studied, inmates made projects like birdhouses and clocks while practicing their building trades on a one-room house inside the prison workshop.


Building the wall components for Habitat for Humanity gives inmates practical experience, Sharpe said, but it also gives them a sense of purpose.


"It's great to know that we can help," said inmate Stacey Busby.


At 33, Busby has completed the Construction Occupations class and stayed on as a teacher's assistant.


"When I started the class, I couldn't read a tape measure," he said. "I didn't know half the tools in the shop. Now I can read blueprints, and I can frame a house by myself."


As a student, he worked on each new skill for a couple of days in class, but as a T.A. Busby said he repeats the experience with each new group that enrolls and learns more each time.


"I know it will help me get a job," he said. "I have the talents and skills to work for somebody and be a good worker. I just need a chance when I get out."


Busby has earned a certificate from Lakeland and will participate in graduation ceremonies in the spring. He is scheduled for release in about 15 months.


To fill orders from Habitat affiliates like the one in Louisiana, Sharpe and his students check the blueprints they receive. They measure, cut and assemble both interior and exterior walls. Next, they put the structure together to make sure everything fits, then break it back down to individual walls for shipping.


The process takes about two days.


Since 1995, the Building Homes: Rebuilding Lives program has involved more than 2,500 prison inmates. Currently, the prisoners annually contribute over 14,000 hours of volunteer labor in the creation of housing components.


With the last pieces loaded on the truck and the blueprints for putting them together in the hands of the driver, Sharpe noticed that the box trailer was only half-filled.


"Two houses could fit in there," he observed. "If they'd give us half a day, we could give them another house!"



Photo: John Holmes of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, at right, looks on as inmates load an exterior wall frame. The materials that went into the wall components are paid for through LSSI's Building Homes: Rebuilding Lives program.



Audit says corrections pouring money into Pana warehouse

Journal Gazette (Mattoon, IL) - Thursday, April 24, 2003

Author/Byline: Richard Goldstein Springfield Bureau

Section: News

SPRINGFIELD -- A state audit released Wednesday said the Illinois Department of Corrections continues to sink money into a Pana warehouse first criticized two years ago, and which is owned by campaign contributors to former Gov. George H. Ryan. In the same audit, the agency was cited for spending $1.2 million, and four years, trying to make a computerized management information system work, while achieving only partial success. Now the agency is considering scrapping the system. Illinois Auditor General William G. Holland said in the audit covering two years, ending June 30, 2002, that the Department of Corrections paid $46,800 to install a security system in a Pana warehouse used by Illinois Correctional Industries . The agency spent the money even though the lease called for the buildings' owners to pay for the system, the audit said. The Department of Corrections responded in the audit report that the lease mistakenly said the owners would pay the cost of a security system, so the expenditure was proper. In August 2000, the Department of Corrections entered into a lease for a 102,500-square-foot warehouse. The building was owned by Springfield developers

Robert Egizii,

Dennis Polk and

John Pruitt.

Illinois State Board of Elections records indicate the men, or their businesses together, have contributed $64,000 to Ryan's campaign fund. Dennis Polk said he was unaware of the circumstances for the state expenditures. He said he sold his interest in the building a year ago. He called the idea that he and his former partners benefited because of their contribution to Ryan "ridiculous." Egizii and Pruitt did not return telephone calls Wednesday. Holland first questioned the 10-year $3.8 million lease deal in an audit two years ago. The specifications for a warehouse site were limited to a narrow geographical area around Pana. Brian Fairchild, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said the lease didn't necessarily limit who could fulfill the specifications because a new warehouse could be built within that area. During the audited period, the Department of Corrections spent $1.5 million, including paying $810,969 to the owners. Holland said in Wednesday's audit the agency "did not analyze the relative costs and benefits of leasing a large warehouse in Pana." Despite the questions, in March 2001, the agency expanded the amount of square footage it used in the warehouse by 7,000 square feet. That increased the 10-year cost of the lease to $4.1 million. Fairchild said the extra storage area became available and was needed by prison industries, which uses the space. Although the lease terms for the expansion started in March, the agency paid building owners $6,225 for three months of rent in December through February.

"We saw no justification ... to pay rent retroactively, prior to the effective date of the contract amendment,"

said the audit prepared by Guthoff, Mehall, Allen & Co., P.C., Certified Public Accountants in Bloomington. The audit also took the Department of Corrections to task for failing to get a computerized management information system operating, a project it started in 1998. Through June 30, 2002, the agency spent $1.2 million on fiber optic cable software and computer consulting firms. It now has three out of 10 modules that were planned when the project began and which were expected to be completed by 2000. The Illinois Department of Corrections has placed the project "on hold" because of lack of money. Fairchild said the agency took steps to hold up the project because the computer consultants were not performing as they should. He said the agency is now considering whether it will continue with the system because the software may be out of date. -- Contact Richard Goldstein at richard.goldstein@lee.net or 789-0865.









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Block party insurance solution fails to please Yeager

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - July 13, 2003


Page: 21

The city of Springfield has worked with a local insurance firm to bring down the price of liability coverage for block parties - with some well-known names involved in the solution.


But Ward 7 Ald. JUDY YEAGER says she still does not think neighborhood association events held just for association members should have to have extra liability insurance.


Mayor TIM DAVLIN started making sure that organizations that get "special event" permits also get $1 million in liability insurance. But he also agreed that policies that could cost $280 to $400 a day were prohibitively expensive.


Well, KEVIN TIMONEY - a supporter of Davlin for mayor and the brother of Sangamon County Democratic Chairman TIM TIMONEY - sells insurance for R.W. Troxell and said he got a call from TODD RENFROW about the problem. He said they talked about the possibility of coming up with some sort of master policy that would reduce the cost for neighborhood groups.


Renfrow now runs City Water, Light and Power but has been and remains a key adviser to the mayor.


Anyway, Kevin Timoney , whose nickname is "Skel" (it's short for "skeleton," because he was a skinny kid), said he was able to arrange such coverage through a company called Market Access Corp. in Palatine, which in turn gets the coverage through Lloyds of London. The cost for one-day gatherings of up to 149 people - without alcohol sales, live bands or fireworks - would be $75 plus 3.8 percent tax. A policy for a gathering of 150-300 people would be $125 plus the tax.


Market Access's only requirement was to have a $10,000 deposit on hand. Kevin Timoney said Troxell sent that deposit, and the mayor's chief of staff, LETITIA DEWITH-ANDERSON, said the city has reimbursed Troxell.


Timoney , who said the commission on the plan is to be determined, said no conflict of interest is involved. Troxell, which has been around since 1887, has provided some insurance services to the city for the past three or four administrations, he said, although other companies also have city business. Troxell handles a lot of insurance for public entities, he said.


Dewith-Anderson said she thinks insurance requirements for events under the previous administration weren't administered consistently. Davlin has introduced an ordinance calling for a clear $1 million policy for bodily injury and property damage. But it would also remove a $100 special-event fee that is also called for in the city code. (As of last week, the minimum cost to a neighborhood group for a block party would have been the $100 plus insurance.)


Yeager's ordinance would make neighborhood association events held solely for their own members exempt from the definition of special events.


"It galls me that a politician wants to cut deeper into our pockets and tell me that to use our streets, that we need more insurance," Yeager said.


"The mayor is totally behind block parties," Dewith-Anderson responded. But, she said, he also believes $75 is not a lot to ask, considering the possible liability.


Yeager said she is not too concerned about Timoney handling the insurance, because Davlin has been in the insurance business himself, so it would be hard for him to find anyone in the field locally he doesn't know. But, while the mayor can spend up to $15,000 without coming to the city council, Yeager said she would have liked to have had the issue debated before the $10,000 was spent.


Reinhart back with state


Former Springfield Public Works Director JIM REINHART is back working for the state.


Reinhart, 36, left his $78,000 city job back in February to take an $85,000 post as deputy director of the Illinois Department of Transportation's office of finance and administration. But he was dismissed less than three months later when his new job was eliminated as part of budget cutting.


Reinhart is now being paid $80,000 annually as

personnel liaison for the Department of Corrections.

In that position, he deals with the Department of Central Management Services and the governor's office.


BRIAN FAIRCHILD, spokesman for Corrections, said more than a dozen positions have been eliminated at that agency. Reinhart is performing duties that previously, "we've had several people doing part of this and that," Fairchild said.



reports to Corrections Director



remains the personnel director and reports to chief of staff



With more than 13,000 employees, there is plenty of work for Underwood and Reinhart to take care of, Fairchild said.


Report out soon


Watch for the transition team appointed by Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin to report its findings on July 25 - the 100th day of the new administration.


And the way head of the transition team describes what's been found so far, the report will be positive.


"I think the transition has been seamless," JOE WILKINS said. "There's been absolutely no interruption of service to the public."


Wilkins, meanwhile, retired as a management professor from the University of Illinois at Springfield at the end of the school year and got a pretty classy goodbye. A booklet compiled by the alumni association to mark the occasion calls him "scholar, citizen, warrior," and includes a statement in his honor entered into the congressional record by U.S. Sen. DICK DURBIN, D-Ill. There are also copies of letters to Wilkins, congratulating him on his retirement, from Durbin; former U.S. Sens. GARY HART of Colorado and ALAN DIXON of Illinois; Secretary of State JESSE WHITE; House Speaker MICHAEL MADIGAN; Comptroller DAN HYNES; Senate President EMIL JONES JR.; and Gov. ROD BLAGOJEVICH.


Retirement parties were held for Wilkins in Peoria and Springfield.


Wilkins has taught business courses for more than three decades. He is a former U.S. Air Force captain who was awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts as a result of his service during the Vietnam War.


He has spent more than three decades as a civilian instructor in hand-to-hand combat and general combat skills for special-operations troops of the American military.


Kjellander named


BOB KJELLANDER of Springfield has been named Bush-Cheney '04 chairman for the Great Lakes Region, which includes Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. He's been Republican national committeeman from Illinois since 1995, and was Midwest chair for Bush-Cheney in 2000. Kjellander has headed Springfield Consulting Group, LLC, a marketing and governmental relations firm, since 1984. He's also known KARL ROVE, the president's top political adviser, for three decades. Both were active Young Republicans back then.



And JIM REINHART , 32, is on leave from his $55,000 city job as


deputy director of Public Works

to become deputy campaign manager for Hasara.


Reinhart's wife, JESSICA, is a Democratic committeeman. Hasara chairman DON BARBER is a GOP committeeman.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - April 26, 1995


Edition: M1,M2

Section: LOCAL

Page: 1

The shape of the administration of Springfield Mayor-elect Karen Hasara began to emerge Tuesday, with Hasara transition team sources saying that


Bill Franklin will head her budget office and Jim Reinhart will be in charge of the recreation department.


Two current city administrators -- corporation counsel Jim Zerkle and Carolyn Toney, manager of the Department of Human Rights -- acknowledged Tuesday that they have been told by Hasara they will not retain their positions. Replacements for Zerkle and Toney have not yet been named, sources said.


Franklin, 48, is leaving a $67,000 job as fiscal officer in the state treasurer's office. He will replace Carl Forn, who has been director of the city's Office of Budget & Management for Mayor Ossie Langfelder and has made about $77,000. Reinhart, 28, worked as field coordinator for the Hasara campaign. He will replace Langfelder's recreation chief, Mike Lelys, who sources said might remain with the city in some capacity. Lelys has been paid about $53,000. Franklin and Reinhart are both Democrats. Reinhart left a $24,000 job as assistant House clerk -- a House Democratic staff position -- at the end of the year to join the mayoral campaign of Hasara, a Republican state senator.


Franklin has worked for the treasurer's office since 1981, including about a decade as its fiscal officer. He served Democrats Jerome Cosentino, James Donnewald and Patrick Quinn, as well a Republican, Judy Baar Topinka, in the office. He also worked in the secretary of state's office for two years.


"Sixteen years in state service -- leaving that is kind of hard to do," Franklin said Tuesday night. But he added that "I'm looking forward to the challenge over there," and he's also looking foward to working with Hasara, who is a longtime friend.


"Karen is one of the first people that my wife, Marcia, and I met when we moved here" in 1979, he said.


Marcia Franklin was deputy circuit clerk when Hasara was Sangamon County circuit clerk in the 1980s. She became circuit clerk for the first two years that Hasara served in the Illinois House.


Bill Franklin is a native of Pleasant Hill in Pike County. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., and in 1986 got a master's of business administration from Sangamon State University.


Reinhart, a Lincoln native who received a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in criminal law in 1989, worked for House Democrats from 1989 through the end of 1994. He said he is familiar with what the recreation department does, and has played volleyball, basketball and softball in its leagues.


"I've worked with Karen for the last six years in the General Assembly," Reinhart said. "I think she knows that I'm able to work with people to make sure their needs are met."


He said Hasara plans an"aggressive agenda" for recreation, and she'll need "someone that she can trust" to carry it out.


Hasara defeated Democrat Michael Curran in the officially nonpartisan mayor's race on April 4. The inauguration is Monday.


Hasara and Curran emerged as the top vote-getters from a five-person field in the Feb. 28 primary in which voters turned back Langfelder's try for a third four-year term as mayor. Langfelder, who was a two-term commissioner of streets under the city's old commission form of government, was Springfield's first mayor elected in 1987 after creation of the aldermanic system through settlement of a federal voting-rights lawsuit.


"It has been a privilege and an honor to work with Mayor Langfelder and two city councils during this transition period," Zerkle said Tuesday.


"I do not think it is unusual or in any way inappropriate for such a change," and he thinks a mayor must be able to name department heads of her choice.


Zerkle, 40, who said he makes $75,000 to $77,000, said he "very much appreciates" that Hasara delivered the news herself on Friday. He'll help with the transition, with 400 to 500 court or administrative cases pending.


Zerkle, a Republican, said he hopes to remain in Springfield and will be looking for a job with a local law firm or company. He is an elected member of the Lincoln Land Community College board.


Lelys, 46, said he's not bitter, and didn't expect to remain in his job after openly supporting Curran.


"It's politics," Lelys said, and people in appointive positions know job changes can come with changing administrations.


"When the political ax falls, it falls, and it's pretty indiscriminate."


He added that he wants to help with the transition.


In his 16 years, Lelys said, the department has been computerized, there is now a hotline to bring teams news such as cancellations, 50 of 70 golf carts at Lincoln Greens Golf Course have been replaced, and two-thirds of the course irrigation system has also been replaced.


Toney, who is paid about $46,000, said Hasara gave her two weeks' notice as of Monday.


"I don't have bitter feelings about leaving," Toney said, though she had expected to to be able to stay on until June or July to help with a transition. She also asked Hasara if there were another job for her within the city.


Toney, a Democratic precinct committeeman and secretary of the Sangamon County Democratic Party, said she needs the benefits such as insurance coverage for herself and family members. Still living at home are two of her five children and a granddaughter.


"I told her that I was a single mom," Toney said, adding that she earlier told Hasara she is loyal to whoever she works for.


Toney said Hasara told her she could apply for posted jobs.


Hasara, told what Toney had said, responded by saying the decision was not political.


"I will be putting my own people into several of the key positions, and that's one that I really want my own person," she said.


Hasara, who did not reveal the personnel moves, said in general that there is "absolutely nothing personal" against anyone who will not be staying in their city positions.


Forn could not be reached on Tuesday.


Forn, Toney and Police Chief Harvey Davis, who Hasara has said will be replaced as chief, are the top-ranking African-Americans in city government.


Hasara said that situation is "absolutely" a coincidence.


"I'm sure Toney will be replaced by a minority," Hasara said, adding that "I'm very, very committed to recruiting minorities in city government."



Helicopter stop catches prison off guard

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - March 26, 2008

Author/Byline: DOUG FINKE STAFF WRITER doug.finke@sj-r.com

Section: NEWS

Page: 1

An unmarked state helicopter might have come perilously close to being fired upon when it landed in a fenced-in area just outside the Pontiac Correctional Center last week, the prison guards' union says.


When an inmate on a nearby work detail began walking toward the helicopter, an officer in a guard tower saw the inmate and, thinking an escape might be in progress, drew his weapon, a union spokesman said Tuesday.


"The incident showed incompetence, showed negligence, and it created a very dangerous situation that everybody involved is lucky didn't end in tragedy," said Anders Lindall of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.


The union said guards weren't notified the helicopter was coming. The helicopter, operated by the Illinois Department of Transportation, does not have markings that it is a state-owned aircraft.


Buddy Maupin, an AFSCME regional director, wrote Department of Corrections Director Roger Walker last week, complaining that prison staff was not alerted that the helicopter was on its way. The incident could have ended in tragedy because officers are authorized to use deadly force if they suspect an aircraft is being used as part of an escape, Maupin said in the letter.


"The occupants of that helicopter are lucky to be alive," Maupin wrote. "The tower officer would have been fully within his authority to open fire on the incoming unauthorized aircraft..."


Corrections spokesman Derek Schnapp


said Tuesday that Pontiac warden Eddie Jones knew the aircraft was coming.


"If those correctional officers and staff on the grounds were not aware, that is something we are looking into," Schnapp said.


The incident happened Thursday morning, when three Corrections officials and two representatives from Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office flew from Springfield to visit prisons in Pontiac, Ina and Robinson before returning to the capital city.


The entourage included Shelith Hansbro, chief of community outreach at the Department of Corrections; Jim Reinhart , Corrections' chief of staff; and Rick Bard, the department's chief of operations. Victor Roberson, deputy chief of intergovernmental affairs for Blagojevich, and Jessica Pickens, Blagojevich's liaison to the Illinois House, were also on the helicopter.


Schnapp would say only that the fly-around was part of normal site visits by Corrections staff. Blagojevich spokeswoman Rebecca Rausch said the governor's representatives were along to "gain firsthand knowledge of educational programs" at the prisons.


According to Maupin's account, the helicopter arrived at the Pontiac Correctional Center shortly before 9:30 a.m.


"No notice of approval of any aircraft to breach the perimeter had been shared with any operations staff at Pontiac," he said.


The helicopter landed in a gravel parking lot used by employees, a common practice because there is no helipad at the prison. Several inmates were on a work detail in the lot, "one of whom was walking toward the helicopter, less than 100 feet from the landing craft," Maupin said.


"The tower officer did in fact draw his weapon on the outside work detail inmate in the parking lot who was walking towards the helicopter," Maupin wrote in his letter.


"That inmate - totally innocent of any misconduct - is also lucky to be alive, as it would have been a reasonable conclusion of the tower officer that the inmate was involved in an escape and that deadly force would have been an appropriate response."


Maupin asked Walker to take steps to ensure a similar incident doesn't happen again. He said Tuesday he hasn't received a response to his letter.











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Underwood – cdb – liuna/ramage



palazzolo links – spd – sos pd/sos maint –





Polk – staab – palazzolo – caths –



Gauwitz – ibt/liuna – shg IT – bertolino/galv



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Xa underwood – ramage/liuna -


Xa Assistant warden at Jacksonville prison resigns

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, December 15, 2005

Section: LOCAL
Page: 30

An assistant prison warden has resigned from the Illinois Department of Corrections, two months after the agency began investigating an allegation that he accompanied his children to a shooting range at the Jacksonville Correctional Center.

Eric Little, who had been with the department since 1989, resigned Dec. 7, Corrections spokeswoman Dede Short said Wednesday. Little's resignation letter cited personal reasons, she said, adding that he quit "on his own accord."

Efforts to contact Little on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Little, assistant warden of operations at Jacksonville, had been placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 7 while the department investigated the allegation concerning the shooting range. No further action is planned, and the investigation has ended, Short said.

"Since he's resigned, it's a closed matter," she said.

In October, sources familiar with the allegation said Little had taken his children to the prison and its shooting range - actions that would violate department rules.

Little had been an assistant warden at Jacksonville since Sept. 16. Earlier in his career, he was a correctional officer and sergeant at Western Illinois Correctional Officer in Mount Sterling and a correctional officer and captain at Jacksonville.

On another subject, Short said Wednesday that Corrections also has ended its investigation into a set of lost keys that open various areas of the Jacksonville prison. "There was discipline handed out," she said, declining to provide any specifics.

The ring of 10 keys remains lost. Corrections officials have decided that "massive changes" to the locking system at Jacksonville are not needed, and the lost keys do not pose a serious threat to safety, Short said.

Neil Rossi ,


an assistant warden at Jacksonville,

reported his keys missing Sept. 9. Corrections spokesman Sergio Molina has said that Rossi turned over his keys last April to another prison employee, who has not been identified, because Rossi was on temporary assignment in Springfield.

Corrections officials searched unsuccessfully for the keys, putting the prison on a four-day lockdown that confined inmates to their cells.

Meanwhile, several personnel changes are scheduled to take effect Friday at Corrections facilities. Short said the moves are not "really out of the ordinary," and that officials wanted to "reassemble the management team" in a way that best suits the department.

The changes include the appointment of new wardens for adult prisons in Jacksonville and Mount Sterling and a juvenile facility in Kewanee.

Terry Polk ,

who has been warden at Western Illinois Correctional Center, will be warden at Jacksonville.


Polk will replace departing Jacksonville warden


Mark Jones,


who took over that job in mid-September and now will become assistant warden of operations at Logan Correctional Center.

Roger Zimmerman, who has been assistant warden of operations at Western Illinois Correctional Center, will succeed Polk as warden there.

Lisa Nordstrom, who has been assistant warden of operations at the Illinois Youth Center in Kewanee, will be the new warden at the juvenile facility. She will replace departing warden Jennifer Stoudt, who has been appointed assistant warden of operations at the Taylorville Correctional Center.

The other personnel changes involve:

* Anthony Suggs, who has been assistant warden of operations at Taylorville, will be assistant warden of programs at Taylorville.

* Mike McKinney, who has been assistant warden of programs at Taylorville, will be assistant warden of operations at Jacksonville.

* J.R. Walls, who has been assistant warden of operations at Logan Correctional Center, will be assistant warden of operations at Western Illinois Correctional Center.


































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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 19, 1989


Palazzolo --Staab


Suanne Kathleen Staab and


Paul Gerard Palazzolo ,


both of Springfield, were married at 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. Robert Jallas and the Rev. Gerald Leahy officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Paul and Jean Staab, 1117 S. Fifth St.

The groom is the son of Mrs. Angeline Palazzolo , 1040 S. Fourth St., and the late Paul V. Palazzolo .

Matron of honor was Karen Staab Smith. Bridesmaids were Paula Staab Polk, Nancy Staab Slusser, Christine Polk,


Grace Pensabene

and Heather Hughes Thomas. Flower girls were Katie LaCamera and Elizabeth Staab.

Best man was Dominic Palazzolo . Groomsmen were Kevin McConnell, Michael McConnell, John Burgess, Paul John Staab II and Mark Staab. Ushers were George Staab,

Dennis Polk

and Mark Smith. Ringbearer was Benjamin Slusser.

A reception was held at the Sangamo Club.

The bride is a graduate of Ursuline Academy, Springfield College in Illinois and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She is employed by Staab Funeral Home. The groom is a graduate of Griffin High School, Springfield College in Illinois and the University of Illinois. He is employed in the secretary of state's office.

The couple will live in Springfield.



Link to gray –

aimee Sullivan



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 1, 1996

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 20


Nena Sullivan

and David M. Bartold, both of Springfield, exchanged wedding

vows at 7 p.m. July 5 at the Holiday Inn East. The Rev. James Stuenkel performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Vito and Eileen Palazzolo of Sherman.


The groom is the son of June Bartold of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Serving as maid of honor was

Aimee Sullivan.



Serving as best man was Alan Marsh. Usher was Ryan Scott.

A reception was held at the Holiday Inn East.

The bride is a graduate of Williamsville High School. She is employed by the state Department of Public Aid.

The groom is a graduate of Enfield High School, the University of Hartford and Babson College, Wellesley, Mass., where he received a master's degree. He is employed by Andersen Consulting. The couple will reside in Springfield.


llcc soccer – dunbar – county jury selection



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 23, 1993

Wilson-Brennan Melissa Lynn Brennan and David Ray Wilson, both of Springfield, were married at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the Rev. John Ossola.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Brennan and Mr. and Mrs.

Stanley Mohr, all of Springfield. The groom is the son of Mrs. Dorothy Wilson of Coffeen and the late Raymond Wilson.

Serving as maid of honor was Seanna McGuigan. Matron of honor was Christine Williams. Bridesmaids were Leigh Ann Myers,

Barb Mabie and

Shelly Palazzolo . Flower girl was Andrea King.

Best man was Dean Nowlan. Groomsmen were Matthew Brennan, Howard Williams, Michael Brennan and Bill Rector. Ushers were Scott and Brent King.

Ringbearer was Ryne Bastin.

A reception was held at the American Center.

The bride is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and is employed as a personnel officer II by the secretary of state. The groom is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and is employed as a transportation specialist by the secretary of state.

The couple will reside in Springfield.





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Polk – staab - palazzolo


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 30, 1993

Staab-Siddens Brenda Kaye Siddens and Mark David Staab, both of Springfield, were united in marriage at 11 a.m. April 24 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the Rev. John Ossola.

The bride is the daughter of Donald and Rhondda Siddens of Rochester. The groom is the son of Jean Anne Staab of Springfield and the late Paul John Staab.

Serving as matron of honor was Mary Boyer. Flower girls were Shelby and Casey Siddens.

Best man was Bradley Siddens. Ushers were Randall Siddens, George Staab, P.J. Staab, Dennis Polk, Paul Palazzolo and Mark Smith. Ringbearer was Chase Siddens.

A reception was held at the Sangamo Club.

The couple will live in Springfield.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 11, 1989

Beall-Wertin Ellen Suzanne Wertin and Michael Anthony Beall, both of Auburn, were married at 5 p.m. April 29 at the First United Methodist Church in Springfield. The Rev. Jerry Nichols officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Mary A. Wertin of Litchfield and the late John Lawrence Wertin. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Beall, 501 St. Mary's Ave.

Linda Meier was maid of honor, with Angie Roberts, Lynette Beall, Patty Chapman, Debbie Young, Donna Palazzolo and Peggy Hohimer as bridesmaids. Courtney Smith was flower girl.

Dennis Young was best man, with Jim Wertin, Dave Capranica, Scott Hohimer, John Lowder, Sam Palazzolo and Darin Weekly as groomsmen. Glen Kluge, Dennis Ruby, Joeby Lowder and Les Seman were ushers.

A reception was held at Teamsters Local 916. The bride, a graduate of Litchfield High School, works for the secretary of state's office. The groom, a graduate of Lanphier High School, works for the state Department of Public Aid.

The couple will live in Auburn




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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 9, 2000


Gail Ann Grant and Phil Gary Capps, both of Springfield, were married at 2 p.m. June 24 at Christ the King Parish by the Rev. David S. Lantz.

The bride is the daughter of Sandra K. Grant of Springfield and Richard J. Grant of Byron. The groom is the son of Astrid M. Goodin of Chatham and Gary M. Capps of Pawnee.

Serving as matron of honor was Jillaine Grimes. Bridesmaids were Gina McLaughlin, Linda Thornberry and Shelly Palazzolo . Flower girl was Madison Capps.

Best man was Mike Capps. Groomsmen were Lee Bennett,

Marc Adams

and James Braash. Ushers were Kirsten Capps, and Doug and Greg Grant. Ringbearer was Daniel Bolt.

A reception was held at Panther Creek Country Club.

The bride is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, Sangamon State University and Illinois State University. She is employed as a special education teacher at Lanphier High School. The groom is a graduate of Illinois College and is employed as a C.P.A. at Kerber, Eck and Braeckel.

The couple will reside in Springfield.










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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 10, 2002


Sarah Melissa Lahr and

Joseph William Robinson,

both of Springfield, were married at 6 p.m. Oct. 12, 2002, at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church by the Rev. Victor K. Long.

The bride is the daughter of Guy M. Lahr III and Randell H. Wiseman, both of Springfield.

The groom is the son of David L. Robinson of Rochester and M. Kay Robinson of Springfield.

Serving as matron of honor was Amanda M. Baylor. Bridesmaids were Carrie Hatcher,

Stephanie Palazzolo ,

Karri Belvel, Tracy Baum and Nikki Robinson.

Best man was Dave Manfredo. Groomsmen were Craig Clardy, Brian Kramp, Jim McMann, Paul Hartman and Sean Robinson. Ushers were

Steve Torricelli,

Jeff Torricelli and

Vic Lanzotti.

A reception was held at the Knights of Columbus Council 364.

The bride is a 1991 graduate of Rochester High School, a 1995 graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in political science and graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2000 with a juris doctorate degree. She is employed as an associate attorney at Barber, Segatto, Hoffee and Hines. The groom is a 1987 graduate of Griffin High School and graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a bachelor's degree in management. He is employed by the state Department of Natural Resources.

The couple will live in Springfield.



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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 23, 2002

Palazzolo -Liken

Stephanie Elise Liken and Nicholas James Palazzolo , both of Springfield, were married at 6 p.m. June 1, 2002, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the Rev. Peter C. Harman.

The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Ruthie Liken of Rochester. The groom is the

son of Dominic and Loretta Palazzollo of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Jill Liken. Bridesmaids were Aimee Reith, Gina Palazzolo , Kelly Kessler and Sarah Lahr.

Best man was Mark Palazzolo . Groomsmen were Curt Conrad, Craig Bricker, Joe DeMarco and Eric Robinson. Ushers were Bill Huston and Rob Tucker.

A reception was held at Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The bride is a graduate of Rochester High School and Illinois State University. She is employed by Bank One. The groom is a graduate of Rochester High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is employed by IBM.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 26, 2002

Wells- Palazzolo

Christina Marie Palazzolo and Eric Robert Wells, both of Springfield, were married at 1 p.m. May 11, 2002, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The bride is the daughter of James and Mary Ann Palazzolo of Springfield. The groom is the son of Sharon and Robert Wells of Springfield.

Serving as matron of honor was Michele Lyons. Bridesmaids were

Lisa Sommer,

Ashley Scaife,

Angie Fuchs and

Gina Palazzolo .

Best man was Ryan Wells. Groomsmen were Andy Wells, Todd Schneller, Timothy Lyons and Gary Johnson. Junior groomsman was Danny Wells. Ushers were Steve Canny, Kyle Chumley, Matthew Fitzgerald and Pete Smith.

A reception was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The bride is a graduate of St. John's College, Department of Nursing. She is employed at Doctors Hospital. The groom attended McKendree College. He is employed at Informative Systems.

The couple will reside in Springfield.



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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, January 21, 2001

Lyons- Palazzolo

Michele Ann Palazzolo and Timothy Joseph Lyons, both of Springfield, were married at 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The bride is the daughter of Mary Ann and James Palazzolo .

The groom is the son of Barbara and Richard Lyons of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Christy Palazzolo . Bridesmaids were Lisa Sommer, Gail Capps and Lori Lyons. Junior bridesmaid was Sabrina Martindale. Flowergirl was Lauryn Fitzgerald.

Best man was Michael Lyons. Groomsmen were Thomas Bianco, Jake Sturdy and Eric Wells. Ringbearer was Connor Sommer.

A reception was held at the Artisans Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The bride is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is employed at Central Illinois Allergy and Respiratory Clinic. The groom is a graduate of Illinois College and received his master's degree from Marquette University. He is employed by Sacred Heart-Griffin High School Development Office.

The couple will reside in Springfield.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Palazzolo -40th

Mr. And Mrs. Dominic Palazzolo of Springfield marked their 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they joined friends and family to celebrate their son's wedding .

Palazzolo and the former Loretta Huston were married March 30, 1968, in Springfield.

Mr. Palazzolo is co-owner of Illini Septic Service. Mrs. Palazzolo is employed by Springfield School District 186.

They are the parents of three children, Mark (wife, Kate) of Rochester, Nick (wife, Stephanie) and Gina, both of Springfield.

There are two grandchildren, Samantha and Adam.


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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, April 29, 2007

Section: LOCAL
Page: 21

Palazzolo -Pohlman

The engagement of Mary Kathryn Pohlman to Mark Palazzolo , both of Rochester, is being announced.

She is the daughter of Sheri and John Pohlman of Springfield. He is the son of Dominic and Loretta Palazzolo of Springfield.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, September 19, 1995

Palazzolo -45th Mr. and Mrs. Vito Palazzolo of Sherman will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with a family brunch Sunday.

Palazzolo and the former Eileen Cartwright were married Sept. 24, 1950, at Sacred Heart Church.

Mr. Palazzolo is retired from Pennington Equipment Co.

They are the parents of five children, Nena Sullivan of Springfield, Gayle Behl of Sherman, Mick Palazzolo of Buffalo, Sam Palazzolo of Lubbock, Texas, and Kristine, deceased. There are 12 grandchildren.





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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, December 13, 1992

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 28

Boarman- Palazzolo Tina Marie Palazzolo and James Hamilton Boarman, both of Springfield, were

married at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Brinkerhoff Home by the Rev. Jerry Nichols.

The bride is the daughter of Joseph E. and Agnes Palazzolo of Springfield. The groom is the son of Patricia Boarman of Pawnee and the late James L. Boarman.

Serving as matron of honor was Shari Beahringer. Bridesmaid was Michele Blisset. Best man was Donald Beahringer Jr. Groomsman was Glenn Boarman.

A reception was held at the Jaycees Harvard Park Community Center.

The bride is a graduate of Ursuline Academy. The groom is a graduate of Pawnee High School.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 1, 1998

Berowski- Palazzolo Stephanie Michelle Palazzolo of Belleville, formerly of Springfield, and Mark Douglas Berowski of Belleville were married at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at

St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Belleville by the Rev. Donald Eichenseer.

The bride is the daughter of Michael and Mary Palazzolo of Springfield. The groom is the son of Paul and Judy Berowski of New Athens.

Serving as maid of honor was Angela Baldus, with Angela Allen as bridemaid. Flower girls were Jaime and Jessica Hawk.

Serving as best man was Erik Bogner, with Shawn Hearn as groomsman. Ushers were Robert Clinton Jr. and Wayne Ernst. Ringbearer was Christopher Berowski.

A reception was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The bride is a graduate of Ursuline Academy. She is employed as a dental receptionist for Dr. Gerald Dragich and is also a pharmacy technician at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. The groom is a graduate of Belleville Township High School East, Belleville Area College and Rankin Technical School. He is employed as an electrician at Touchette Hospital in Centreville.

The couple will reside in Belleville.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 29, 1990

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 19

Martin-Hull Pamela Martin and Robert L. Hull III, both of Springfield, exchanged

wedding vows at 7 p.m. April 20 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. The Rev.

Robert Franzen performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Kay Martin, 201 W. Hawkeye. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Hull Jr., 2401 Blackhawk.

Serving as maid of honor was Amy Martin. Bridesmaids were Pat Langdon, Cheryl Hull,

Suanne Palazzolo

and Lisa Martin. Flower girls were Kelly Langdon and Tausha Krause.

Best man was Timothy Hull. Groomsmen were Mike Senalik, David Powell and Ronald Hull. Fred Martin was usher. Ringbearer was Ryan Krause.

A reception was held at Teamster Hall 916.

They both are graduates of Springfield College in Illinois and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. The bride is also a graduate of Ursuline Academy and is employed as a third grade teacher at St. Patrick's Grade School in Decatur.


The groom is a graduate of Griffin High School and is employed as a

police patrol officer for the city of Decatur.

The couple will reside in Decatur.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 30, 1989

Palazzolo -Esgar Lisa Marie Esgar of rural Springfield was married to

Dominic Paul Palazzolo

of Springfield at 7 p.m. June 30 at St. Aloysius Church, with the Rev. Jeff Holtman officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Allan and Fay Esgar of Amboy. The bridegroom is the son of Angeline Palazzolo , 2068 Farringdon Road, and the late Paul Palazzolo .

Maid of honor was Cindy Beck. Bridesmaids were Vicky Esgar, Rita Kluzek and Denise Piper. Flower girl was Megan Esgar and ringbearer was Nicholas LaCamera.

Best man was Paul G. Palazzolo .


Groomsmen were Michael LaCamera, John Bucari and Rick Grosch. Ushers were Andy and Marty Esgar.

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception was held at The Oak's golf course.

The bride is a graduate of Amboy High School and Illinois Wesleyan University. She is a staff nurse at Memorial Medical Center. The bridegroom is a graduate of Griffin High School and St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

He is a pharmacist at Memorial Medical Center.

The couple will reside in rural Springfield.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 2, 1993

Behl-Scott Gayle Palazzolo Scott of Sherman and Roger S. Behl of Rochester were married at 7 p.m. April 2 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman. The Rev. James Stuenkel officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Vito and Eileen Palazzolo of Sherman.


The groom is the son of Howard Behl of Springfield and Sally Behl of Rochester.

Serving as maid of honor was Rebecca Hays. Bridesmaids were Kristi Behl, Linza Scott and Cara Scott.

Best man was Daniel Bowers. Groomsmen were Brett Behl and Ryan Scott, who also ushered.

A reception was held at the church in the fellowship hall.

The bride is employed by Williamsville School District. The groom is employed by ABF. The couple will reside in Sherman.




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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 26, 1992

Zock-Benedict Catherine L. Benedict and Joseph G. Zock, both of Springfield, were married at 6:30 p.m. June 19 at Lincoln Park Bridge. The Rev. Randy Creath performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Charles E. Palazzolo and V. JoAnn Palazzolo ,

both of Springfield. The groom is the son of Eileen Zock of Springfield and the late Joseph Zock.

Serving as maid of honor was Kathy Groesch. Best man was Gary Fitzmire. Joe Zock was groomsman.

A reception was held at Lincoln Park Pavilion.

The bride is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Sangamon State University. She is employed by the state Department of Public Aid. The groom is a graduate of Griffin High School and is employed by City Water, Light and Power.

The couple will reside in Springfield.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, January 5, 1992

Szabo-Beall Lynette Jean Beall of Springfield and Michael Louis Szabo of Riverton were married at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the Rev. John Ossola.

The bride is the daughter of Charles and Shelby Beall, 501 St. Mary's Ave.

The groom is the son of Louis and Antonia Szabo of Riverton.

Serving as matron of honor was Donna Palazzolo . Bridesmaids were Jolene Lowder, Lynn Hermon, Melinda Leasck, Kathy Szabo, Lisa Davis, Kelly Miller. Other attendants were Lyndsie Hermon, Kristofer Harlow, and Lindsie Miller. Flower girl was Ashton Palazzolo .

Best man was Greg Szabo. Groomsmen were Mike Beall, Sam Palazzolo , Steve Jones, Roger Miller, Wesley Birch and Steve Dennis. Ushers were Michael Grove, Don Beall and Richard Beall. Ringbearer was Joel Miller.

A reception was held at Teamsters Union Hall Local 916. The bride is a graduate of Patricia Stevens College and is employed by Investors West.

The groom is a graduate of Lincoln Land Community and is attending Sangamon State University. He is employed by Firestone.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 12, 1989

Blisset-Harshaw Michele Louise Harshaw and Gregory Scott Blisset, both of Springfield, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Feb. 18. The Rev. Phillip Kaufmann officiated the ceremony at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harshaw of 1107 Phillips. The bridegroom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Blisset, 2325 Reservoir.

Maid of honor was Jodi Stufflebeam. Bridesmaids were Tina Palazzolo and Tinia Dyer. Flower girl was Sarah Oliver.

Best man was John Miller. Groomsmen were Dwayne Blisset and Larry Cleeton. Ushers were Charles Harshaw Jr. and George Stufflebeam. Ringbearer was John Oliver.

A reception was held in the Immanuel Lutheran Church gymnasium following the ceremony.

The bride, a graduate of Lutheran High School, is employed by Lusters License & Title. The bridegroom, a graduate of Lanphier High School, is employed by Brown's Chicken.

The couple will reside in Springfield.












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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, February 20, 1987

Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 22

Charles Palazzolo has been elected president of the Roman Cultural Society.

Palazzolo has served as a board member and second and first vice president of the society.

Palazzolo is an assistant deputy chief on the Springfield Police Department. He is a member of the board of directors of H.A.T. Construction Co.

Other officers elected were Joe Bonefeste, first vice president; Charles Foley, second vice president; Nicola Chiaradonna, third vice president; Francis Giganti, treasurer; Mike Midiri, assistant treasurer; William Roscetti, secretary; and James Palazzolo, assistant secretary.

Elected to the board of directors were Joe Tenuto, Mark Loro, Joe Murril, Tony Libri, Joe Volpe, L.J. "Lucky" Cuoco and past presidents Nick Ciaccio and Mario Perrino.

A non-profit Italian-American organization, the society engages in charitable and civic activities without restriction to ethnic background.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, August 3, 1990

Author/Byline: CHRIS GREEN
Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 15

Springfield Police Chief Daryle Williamson announced six promotions within the police department Thursday morning, including naming Cmdr. James

Cimarossa to assistant deputy chief of support services.

The promotions, Williamson's most significant personnel changes since he was named chief on June 19, stem partly from a recent restructuring of department heads who report directly to the police chief.

Administrative services and technical services were consolidated into a new support services division in June to increase efficiency.

"Now, all the divisions have a chief and an assistant deputy chief," Williamson said of Cimarossa's promotion.

"This also will improve our ratio of supervisors to troops," he said, which will give the officers more supervision in the field.

Prior to April 3, when eight officers were promoted to sergeant, there had been no promotion to sergeant in nearly a decade.

The six promotions are: o Cmdr. James Cimarossa, 37, appointed to assistant deputy chief of support services.

Williamson, who served as deputy chief of administrative services prior to his promotion as chief, described Cimarossa's advancement as the most significant.

Cimarossa will assist Deputy Chief Charles Palazzolo in management of the payroll, records, supply, fleet maintenance, crime prevention, evidence and property, budgeting, animal control and building maintenance.

Cimarossa was promoted to commander in December 1987 and had been in charge of training and education at the Springfield Police Academy. The new position pays an annual salary of $50,239.44 o Officer Patrick Fogleman, 34, was appointed assistant commander and will be in charge of the Springfield Police Academy.

Fogleman served in the operations division's patrol section until May 1988 when he was assigned to the academy as a training officer. The position pays an annual salary of $43,200. o Detective John A. Watts, 39, was appointed sergeant and will be assigned to first watch in the patrol section.

In 1976, Watts was assigned to the operations division, patrol section. In January 1980, he was assigned to the investigation division as a crime scene technician.

The sergeant's position pays an annual salary of $37,355.76. o Officer Mary Vasconcelles, 39, was appointed sergeant and will be assigned to first watch in the patrol section.

In 1976, Vasconcelles was assigned to the operations division in the patrol section until November 1982 when she was assigned to the chief's office in the planning and research section. o Officer Ronald Pickford, 40, was appointed sergeant and will be assigned to the third watch in the patrol section.

Pickford joined the department in 1976 and was assigned to the operations division in the patrol section. o Officer Barbara Klemm, 36, was appointed sergeant and will be assigned to the second watch in the patrol section.

Klemm joined the department in 1982 and was assigned to the operations division patrol section.

Serving less than 10 years, Klemm's yearly salary will be $36,637.68. The announced reduction in department heads in June led to speculation of a demotion for Deputy Chief of Operations Rick Walton.

However, Williamson said he is not anticipating making any more changes in the near future.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, June 30, 1990

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 5

Changes in Springfield Police Department personnel don't stop with the chief of police.

Eight other people will be reassigned if the city council approves the moves at its Tuesday meeting.

Public Safety Director Pat Ward this week told the city's Public Safety Committee the plan would reduce the number of high-level positions, leaving fewer department heads reporting directly to the police chief.

The restructuring will provide greater accountability, Ward said, and allow the chief time for research and development.

The proposed changes would eliminate two divisions of the department -- administrative services and technical services -- and consolidate those duties under a new support services division.

Daryle Williamson, who served as deputy chief of administrative services, replaced Mike Walton as police chief on June 19. The new proposed lineup looks like this: o Donald Schluter, assistant deputy chief of the operations division, will move up to deputy chief of operations. o George Murphy, a commander in the patrol section, will take over Schluter's job as assistant deputy chief of operations. o Kirk Robinson, an assistant commander in the patrol section, will replace Murphy as a commander. o John Graves, now a sergeant, will move to Robinson's position as assistant commander. o Charles Palazzolo , deputy chief of the technical services division, will become deputy chief of the new support services division. o James Cimarossa, a commander in the training/education section at the police academy, will become assistant deputy chief of the support services division. o Pat Fogleman, a patrolman working at the police academy, will move up to become an assistant commander working at the academy, filling the void left by Cimarossa. o Rick Walton, now deputy chief of the operations division, is the only person who would move down, becoming an assistant commander in support services.

The changes are dependent on the men accepting the positions and city council approval.


Palazzolo pushes neighborhood policing



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, June 13, 1989

Author/Byline: Mark Hollis
Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 6

Armed with evidence that one of every four U.S. households was hit by violent crime in 1988, and that burglars hit 150 Springfield each month,

police announced Monday a renewed emphasis on the Neighborhood Watch program.

The local crime statistics may not be surprising, considering that a burglary is reported somewhere in this country every eight seconds. But police say homeowners can help by being on the lookout for crime.

"Because of reduced police budgets and manpower, we don't have the resources to fight this amount of crime," Springfield Police Officer Neil Williamson said. "That's why we rely on the citizens to be the eyes and ears for the police."

Springfield police say they have over 60 square miles of territory and 388 miles of streets to patrol, with no more than 25 police officers in the field at any given time. Burglary is one of Springfield's top crime problems, they say, hitting all areas of the community.

Williamson said Springfield's police force is short 30 to 50 officers from what authorities recommend for a city of Springfield's size. The personnel shortage contributes to the police department's inability to prevent criminal activity, he said.

Sangamon County sheriff's police say Springfield's outlying areas are also targets of burglary. In 1985, sheriffs deputies responded to an average of 95 burglary calls each month.

At a news conference Monday, Springfield police and the sheriff's office announced that more officers will be assigned to work with neighborhood groups to combatg burglary.

At least two additional sheriff's deputies will be assigned to the Neighborhood Watch program, according to Loren Larsen, chief of investigations for the sheriff's office.

Police said the Neighborhood Watch program has been successful in previous years, helping to cut in half the number of crime reports from some areas.

Police aim to establish Neighborhood Watch groups in many areas of the city and county that have not yet organized crime prevention networks. They also hope to revitalize the more than 300 existing watch groups that have fallen stagnant.

"This city is forever building. We now need to get out to some of these new areas to set up (crime prevention programs)," said Charles Palazzolo , deputy chief of technical services for city police.

Palazzolo warned that burglary generally increases in warmer months. Summer also is an ideal time to get involved in Neighborhood Watch programs, he said, with block parties and neighborhood events offering ideal opportunities to establish watch groups.

City and county police recently merged their Neighborhood Watch programs. Now, they share an office at the Springfield police station.

Police say they are contacting neighborhood groups and block captains to encourage involvement in crime prevention programs. Anyone interested in the program also may contact the Crime Prevention Office at 788-8388.


Recruiting students



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, February 16, 1989

Author/Byline: Reese Hamilton
Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 23

Springfield police officers will make occasional, unscheduled visits to schools on their beats in part to prevent shooting tragedies such as those

that occurred in Winnetka and Stockton, Calif.

The visits will be made while the officers are on the job, but are not assigned to any specific duty.

Springfield police, who announced the new program Wednesday, hope the impromptu visits might deter intruders from entering the schools.

"This might make them stop and think, `Maybe I better not,' because there might be a police officer in the school," said Deputy Police Chief Rick Walton.

The program, scheduled to go into effect Monday, also is designed to help teach students that police officers are not unapproachable, Walton said.

Deputy Police Chief Charles Palazzolo said the officers will visit each school in their area "a couple times a week."

The program was conceived in meetings several weeks ago between police officials and principals of local schools, Palazzolo said. Police Chief Mike Walton said in January that he was considering such a program.

Charles Matthews, deputy superintendent of Springfield School District 186, said school officials are "very, very pleased" with the new program.

"We've been concerned about reports from other states about incidents that have been disastrous," Matthews said.

Last May, Laurie Dann walked into a grade school in Winnetka and opened fire on a classroom filled with students. An 8-year-old boy was killed and several students wounded. In January, Patrick Edward Purdy fired into a playground in Stockton, Calif., killing 5 and wounding 30. Palazzolo said the decision to implement the program was made before the stabbing of a 17-year-old Lanphier High School student on Feb. 8. Matthews said school officials are not looking to police officers to serve as guards.

"We don't see this as an armed camp or an armed police officer in the hall," Matthews said. "We just want to build a relationship of confidence and a feeling of security."




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, June 8, 1992

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 1


More than 300 of the 1,750 people who work for the city of Springfield take a little something home each day -- a city-owned car or truck.

Most of the take-home vehicles -- 182 -- are assigned to officers or civilians who work for the police department, according to the city's budget office. Most of those police vehicles are assigned full-time operators under a city policy to keep police cars visible.

Other workers who frequently travel across the city on the job take cars home in part because the city has no secure place to park them overnight, Mayor Ossie Langfelder said. If people had to come to work in private cars, more parking would be needed during the day, he added.

"Personally, I think take-home cars are more costly than they're worth," said Ward 2 Ald. Frank McNeil, vice chairman of the city council's Finance Committee.

"I just can't see all the need for private cars," said Ward 6 Ald. Jack Andrew.

Finance Chairman Tom Madonia of Ward 1 said he discussed the issue with McNeil recently and agreed with McNeil's view that "we've got to do something about it." Madonia said the issue may be discussed by his committee on Tuesday.

McNeil and Madonia agree that police should be able to take home vehicles, but McNeil thinks a policy allowing most police vehicles to be used for personal business should be changed. Madonia thinks such use is "an excellent idea" because of visibility.

Except for employees on call for emergencies, the take-home vehicles are not supposed to be for personal use, the mayor said.

He said he knows of no written policy that bars such personal use, but said, "I hope people are honorable enough" to refrain from using city-owned vehicles while off-duty.

"Now that you draw my attention to it, there might be such a directive forthcoming," Langfelder said.

Some departments have written rules.


The 47 City Water, Light and Power employees who drive home cars or light trucks must sign a statement acknowledging that the cars are not for personal use.


Twenty fire department employees, including top staff and inspectors, were reminded in a memo issued Wednesday by Chief Russ Steil Jr. that "we also adhere to the policy of driving the car only while on fire department business." Steil said the policy is longstanding.

A list of fire department take-home cars shows the newest of the assigned vehicles are 1988 models. Steil said the department generally buys used cars to become take-home vehicles.

The cars or light trucks do not come free to some city employees.

Drivers must pay taxes on the equivalent of the income they get from the cars. At CWLP, the employees are charged taxes on what would be $3 a day in income, under the department policy. Other departments may use other formulas to determine tax liability, officials said.

Police and fire department personnel are exempt from such taxation under Internal Revenue Service rules.

Employees without take-home cars can get mileage reimbursements for use of their personal cars. Some top city officials also get the choice of a personal car or a $275 flat monthly automobile allowance. Those who get the allowance include Langfelder, CWLP General Manager Lynn Frasco, City Clerk Norma Graves, City Treasurer Judy Madonia, Budget Director Carl Forn and Public Affairs Director Keith Haynes.

"I believe directors should either have an automobile . . . or be reimbursed for the use of one," Langfelder said.

Tom Madonia, who is no relation to the treasurer, said he hadn't known of the stipends and would question them.

"It appears to me as though it's a perk," the alderman said. "I can't imagine any of these people would . . . drive more (on city business) than an alderman would." Madonia said he was not aware of any provision to pay aldermen for in-town mileage travel.

The aldermanic budget for the current fiscal year actually has $500 earmarked for such reimbursement -- an average of $50 per year for each aldermen -- said Corporation Auditor Andrew Brown. None of the money had been claimed as of Friday, Brown said.

Madonia also questioned the need for some department heads to have take-home cars.

"I think we need to have a good, hard look at it," Madonia said.

For several years, the mayor said, he has discussed use of a car pool instead of take-home cars for many employees. Given the parking situation, however, he doesn't expect much can be done quickly.

"I have informed all the directors that they need to scrutinize who actually needs a vehicle for daily functions," the mayor said.

"I personally believe there are some individuals that the car should remain at a central location as a car pool, and we're addressing that. . . . We will continue to address it on a daily basis, to remove cars from people who do not use them on a daily basis.

"It is just a slow pace."

According to city records, of the more than 500 city vehicles, the 300-plus take-home cars and trucks include the 47 at CWLP; 20 at the fire department; 182 at the police department; 15 at the health department; nine for building and zoning; one for special services, which deals with demolition of dilapidated buildings; one in the recreation department; one for the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency; and 35 in public works. A communications manager and environmental safety specialist get one car apiece.

All but about 10 of the 182 take-home cars issued by the police department can be used for personal business within the city, and gasoline is paid for by the city, said Deputy Chief Charles Palazzolo .

Police Chief Daryle Williamson calls the program "very cost effective." It deters crime by making police cars visible, he says, and he believes the cars last longer.

"It's human nature," Williamson said. "If something is yours, as a general rule, I think, you would take better care of it."

Police emergency personnel, including officers, have a detailed policy to follow when using the cars. Among provisions of a draft update are that when the car is used on a personal basis, an officer must be armed, must keep the radio on and must respond to emergency situations.

A list compiled by Palazzolo showed that, from Jan. 1 through the end of April, department employees in 112 marked and 35 unmarked cars while off regular duty responded in nearly 2,400 cases, including motorist assists, provision of help at accident scenes or to crimes in progress.

During recent rioting in Los Angeles, Williamson said, one problem police had was quick mobilization. In Springfield, he said, police can get dozens of officers to a location quickly, if they need to, because of take-home cars.

McNeil doesn't like the private use of police autos, he said, because "Springfield, fortunately, is not the kind of community (in most areas) where you have the kind of crime where you need these guys riding around in their cars all the time."

Many city take-home cars are recent model years, but some, such as a 1979 Plymouth Volare assigned to an engineering technician in public works, are more like vintage autos.

Andrew said he thinks CWLP should be in for one of the closest looks.

"The jobs drive the need" for the cars, Frasco said, and some high-level employees, such as the utility's finance director, don't get cars.

But he includes "personal benefit" among the three reasons cars are assigned. The other reasons are the need to drive on the job or being on call 24 hours a day.

"It is a personal benefit that has value to the individual and is one of the forms of compensation that the city provides some employees," Frasco said.

He thinks all 47 CWLP take-home vehicles are justified, and he added that many CWLP take-home cars are used as pool cars during the day.

CWLP employees can be called in the middle of the night, for example, to restore power after an accident involving a utility pole, Frasco said.

Several years ago, an elected utilities commissioner eliminated all take-home cars, Frasco said. Within a year, however, he returned cars to the employees.

"Even though he was skeptical, he found the value of those cars in our employees being able to deliver the best possible service," Frasco said.

"There were several incidents where, because the cars were not available, certain key employees were not able to respond as quickly as they should have."

Removal of take-home cars might not even save money, Frasco said, because costs including mileage reimbursements would go up. And morale could suffer.

"If somebody sees that as a significant enough loss in benefits that they choose to leave (CWLP) employment, you've lost a resource," Frasco said.

Graves, the elected city clerk, said an auto allowance has long gone with the position. The $275 per month comes out to only $178 after deductions, she said.

"I would miss not having it, because it's part of my salary," she said.

Graves said she doesn't travel across town much, but sometimes uses the car on trips to meet with other city clerks. "I spend an awful lot of time here" at the office, she added. She can, but doesn't always, get reimbursed for the out-of-town travel, she said.

Judy Madonia, the elected treasurer, said she uses her car for city business most days on the job. "It's a necessity because of all the different meetings we have to attend," she said.

Brian Letourneau, health department director, said it's appropriate for him to have a take-home car.

"I travel throughout the city on a daily basis," said Letourneau, who is assigned a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina.

The health department follows up complaints from the public, including fly-dumping and dangerous buildings.

Tom Skelly, CWLP's superintendent of water resources, said he takes trips out of the office three or four days a week, and because the Lake Springfield area is so extensive, it's not unusual for him to roll up 20 miles in a single trip.

"I make a variety of visits to all of our staff offices," Skelly said. "If I didn't have a car, I'd be charging mileage."

Haynes said he has told people in the city's public affairs departments, including health and building and zoning, that private use of the cars is prohibited.

Haynes himself chose the $275 monthly payment instead of a take-home car so he could use his own car at any time for personal business. In his city job, he said, "There are a lot of facilities (and meetings) that I go to."

Mayoral aide Carl Johnson last July sent out memos seeking information about department-by-department use of vehicles, in part because of complaints the mayor's office had received and partly to determine "if there were cars now used like they should be." "I'm at the stage now of trying to put it all together into one document," he said.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 20, 1986

Edition: M1,M2,S1
Page: 23

HAT Construction Inc., a 6-year-old Springfield commercial building contractor, has been bought by Terry Tisdale and a group of local


Tisdale, who along with Harry Alton and Ron Hampson formerly owned HAT, said the company is now "a true minority-owned and minority-controlled firm."

To his knowledge, he said, HAT is the sole minority-owned contractor with bonding capacity that is bidding locally on the open market. "There are certainly none with our track record and experience," he said.

Alton and Hampson decided to get out of the construction business and devote full time to The Oaks (formerly Oakcrest Country Club) Golf Club, which they bought earlier this year.

The 16 new owners include three city employees and several local business people. The board of directors consists of City Clerk Candy Trees, chairman; Richard Lopez of Chicago, vice president; Don Robinson of Railsplitters Lincoln-Mercury, secretary-treasurer; Charles Palazzolo , assistant deputy chief of investigations for the city police department; Ron Riggle of Mack & Riggle transportation consultants; and Elizabeth Veal, a schoolteacher.

"We wanted to form the company not only to meet the letter of the law, but also the intent of the law," Tisdale said, referring to regulations on business set-aside programs for minority-controlled contractors and suppliers.

The restructuring of the company has been 10 months in the making, Trees said. "It was a difficult process to find just the right people," she said. "We wanted to have a good working relationship, and that wasn't done easily." "We want to be known as a contractor first," Tisdale said, "but we're trying to get out that we are a contractor that's minority owned."

HAT has contracts

with the five local trade unions

and a line of credit through Marine Bank of Springfield,


he said. The company is financed privately, without government assistance, he said.

The state Capital Development Board has certified the new company, and certification also is being sought from the state Department of Transportation. "When we get that, we'll try to do some heavy highway work," said Tisdale, who is president of the company.

HAT currently has two jobs under way for Central Illinois Light Co., is constructing the Lutheran High School gymnasium and is doing safety work at Lincoln High School in Lincoln. Tisdale said the firm is bidding on a new hangar at Capital Airport.

Trees and Tisdale said the name "HAT" was retained because of its recognition and reputation. Among a long list of its projects are the remodeling of St. Joseph's Home, St. John's Lutheran Church, water plant renovation in Springfield, Taylorville and Litchfield, and work at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville.

Brookens Library at Sangamon State University, the Bonansinga high-rise for the elderly, Iles Park Place and the Alzina Building are all projects in which Tisdale has been involved during his 31 years in the construction business.

Not just desserts A new restaurant specializing in homemade ice cream and cookies will open around the end of August at 1201 S. Second St., the intersection of Second and Vine streets.

Granny's Homemade Recipe Ice Creams and Cookies is under construction now and is due for completion by Aug. 22, according to Jerry Palmer, whose J&L Palmer Inc. will own the restaurant.

Palmer said he and his wife, Linda, bought the exclusive Illinois rights to the recipes and know-how of Old Uncle Gaylord Inc., a San Francisco ice cream parlor chain.

The Palmers spent 17 days in California -- part at the San Francisco retail outlets and part at the Petaluma, Calif. factory to learn the ropes.

The Palmers will make their own ice cream, cookies and cakes with all-natural ingredients following the Old Uncle Gaylord recipes.

Homemade soups, stews, chili and hot sandwiches also will be on the menu, as will some flavors of Italian ice.

Palmer says the store also will have an expresso coffee machine and will have special blends of cappucino, coffee mochas and au laits.

Palmer said 28 flavors of ice cream will be offered on a rotating basis, 14 at any one time. Four or five Italian ice flavors will be offered, two at any one time.

Large-style cookie flavors will include chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter, while walnut spice, buttermilk pound and banana nut loaf are among the cake flavors.

The 2,000 square-foot building, financed through the Marine Bank of Springfield, is designed by Stanton J. Gralnich Architects and Buraski Builders is the general contractor.

The restaurant will have indoor seating for 40 to 50 people, a drive-up window and a full basement for freezers and walk-in coolers. Subaru tour Springfield is apparently the lone Illinois city being pushed -- at least for the time being -- as a location for the Fuji Heavy Industries Inc.-Isuzu Motors Ltd. car- and truck-making joint venture.

The Japanese originally sought basic information on five to 15 communities in the state, but chose to visit Springfield on what you might call the first phase of "Subaru Tour '86." The group of Japanese businessmen who were shown the sites and saki-ed and dined in Springfield two weeks ago had come from Arkansas (considered a longshot by most observers) and were on their way to Columbus, Ohio -- where they got more than a tour of the city.

A tank car filled with white phosphorus derailed, causing some nearby citizens to evacuate their homes; a downtown street caved in, carrying an automobile (not a Subaru) into a pit; and there was a minor earthquake. Welcome to Ohio.

In Missouri, a site selection firm has told Fuji-Isuzu that Springfield(Mo.) and Joplin are the two sites that should be considered for the plant.

The Japanese toured those sites last week and were briefed by Missouri Gov. James Ashcroft.

They also reportedly are checking into the Fort Campbell, Ky., area.

The $500 million Fuji-Isuzu plant would create more than 1,000 jobs.

It's no secret that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs has been putting a heavy emphasis on trying to capitalize on Japanese investment in this country. Investing in the U.S. is especially attractive to Japan because its currency, the yen, is at an all-time high when measured against the U.S. dollar, making more expensive the goods it exports here.

Cooperation among the state, city officials and local economic development people also has apparently reached an all-time high during the current quest for jobs.

A lot of the initial groundwork on information requested by the Japanese has already been done. Some is a result of the package put together when the city was trying to attract General Motors' Saturn car plant to the area.

The recommended Springfield site apparently is on the southwest side of town, near the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.

A package of incentives is in the works, probably including some of the same "goodies" that were to be offered to General Motors. Any community in Illinois is to a large extent limited by law as to what it can give away or discount as part of an incentive package.

In addition, the experts say, the incentive package isn't what the Japanese will be looking at the hardest when they make their final decision. But the Saturn package was to include: Tax abatement. Because the city has an enterprise zone designation, taxing districts may eliminate 100 percent of the property tax that would be paid by the joint venture during its first year of operation. The reduction may then go to 75 percent the second year, 50 percent the third year and a full share the fourth year of operation.

The city and school district get approximately 75 percent of property tax revenues, although there are 10 taxing districts that could be involved.

Help training workers through local educational institutions.

Waiving of certain fees for items like building permits and water, sewer and electrical connections.

Special rates for heavy electric power users.

Some type of relocation assistance for workers, perhaps in the form of attractive mortgage rates.

While Springfield awaits a return engagement from the Japanese or their representatives, the economic development work will continue.

Springfield has received requests for initial information from four or five other Japanese firms looking for sites. And another central Illinois community has received eight requests, all in the past four months. It doesn't hurt to be prepared.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, November 20, 1985

Edition: M1,M2,E1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 11

The Mid-State Division of the Illinois Police Association has installed new officers.

Elected to two-year terms were Chairman Neil Williamson; 1st Vice Chairman Bob Nadalini; 2nd Vice Chairman Loren Larsen; Secretary-Treasurer Tim Franke; and Sergeants at Arms Charles Palazzolo , George Murphy, Jack Clifford, Alice Bartello and Joe Maggio.

The Illinois Police Association has the largest membership of any police organization in the U.S., over 15,000 members.

The Mid-State Division serves Sangamon, Menard, Morgan, Cass, Logan and Christian counties





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, December 4, 1990

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 8

A Springfield animal control officer who city officials are trying to fire has a history of failing to do his job and of being discourteous to the

public, members of the the city Civil Service Commission were told Monday.

Franklin Stemmons, who has worked for the city since 1987, was warned, reprimanded and suspended for incidents over the years. In fact, the city tried to fire him in 1988, but the Civil Service Commission then ordered a suspension.

Stemmons' attorney, Jim Drake, indicated that Stemmons, who is black, is the victim of racial discrimination and is being made the scapegoat for an alleged dog-beating incident on July 2. The city is trying to fire Stemmons because of two incidents in April. The commission is hearing Stemmons' appeal.

On April 21, Stemmons, who was on call, was dispatched to pick up an injured dog at 24th Street and Sangamon Avenue. A city police officer waited almost an hour for Stemmons to arrive, but he never did. Ultimately, Sangamon County animal control officers had to be called.

On April 30, Stemmons went to a south side house because of a complaint about a dog under the back porch. Stemmons reportedly refused to go under the porch and left.

Springfield Police Cmdr. Kirk Robinson testified Monday that he ordered Stemmons -- through a dispatcher -- to return to the house and to remove the dog from under the porch.

The resident said Stemmons was rude and unprofessional. After crawling under the porch and then crawling out, Stemmons allegedly unzipped his pants -- in front of the female resident -- to tuck in his shirt.

Robinson went to the house and found Stemmons upset and bitter. He said he told Stemmons, "When he deals with the public, he must be polite and do his job."

On cross examination, Drake suggested that the residents had been feeding and providing water for the dog. In such a case, animal control officers may make a judgment about whether the dog is the responsibility of the residents or of animal control officials, Drake said.

Deputy Springfield Police Chief Charles Palazzolo testified about Stemmons' prior work record. He said Stemmons was given a written reprimand in March 1988 following an incident at Riverside Park. Stemmons went to the park to pick up a dog and apparently became involved in a heated exchange with a man at the park. Stemmons said the man made a racial remark to him.

In August 1988, Stemmons was suspended for seven days after he removed a dog from a fenced yard.

Also in 1988, Stemmons was ordered to pick up a dog on the south side of town, but failed to respond.

Palazzolo said Stemmons also picked up four dogs at a home and left the dogs in the back of his truck for too long. Because it was a very hot day, one dog died and another suffered respiratory problems.

Stemmons was placed on suspension pending firing, but the Civil Service Commission decided on a 60-day suspension.

Palazzolo said other incidents have not resulted in formal action against Stemmons. Dispatchers have complained several times that Stemmons did not respond to calls.

Springfield Police Chief Daryle Williamson reviewed the results of internal investigations of the two April incidents and determined that termination was appropriate.

Williamson was aware of the prior allegations. "To me, it indicated a pattern of behavior," Williamson said.

Stemmons is expected to testify when the hearing reconvenes Dec. 20. Stemmons also has been suspended pending appeal for the alleged dog-beating. He has said he was holding the dog in self-defense, but his co-worker, over whom he had no control, was beating the animal.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, March 25, 1993

Palazzolo named CHARLES PALAZZOLO , 48, who recently retired from the Springfield Police Department and now lives in Sherman, began a $42,000 job with the Illinois Secretary of State Police March 16. Palazzolo was named deputy director for investigations and support services, said MIKE MURPHY, spokesman for Secretary of State GEORGE RYAN. The position is new and part of a reorganized command structure in the 180-officer force, Murphy said. Palazzolo's duties include oversight of training, cars, equipment, evidence and logistics.

Palazzolo was with the Springfield police for 24 years and retired as deputy chief for technical services



Police association announces officers

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Section: LOCAL
Page: 21

Carl Sprinkel has been elected chairman of the Midstate Division of the Illinois Police Association.

Other officers are David Dyer, vice chairman; Francis Sprinkel, second vice chairman; Craig Sim, secretary/treasurer; and Ernest Dodson, Craig Law, Charles Palazzolo , Joseph Pisarek and Amy Strawn, sergeants-at-arms. Immediate past chairman is Craig Kennedy.

The association's lifesaving award was presented to Sangamon County sheriff's deputy John Diefenbach for his actions at a fiery car crash, saving the driver's life.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the FOP Lodge No. 55 on West Lake Shore Drive. The event will feature a special dinner, and spouses or significant others are invited. The cost is $7 per person or $10 per couple.

For reservations, contact Carl Sprinkel or Harold Bryant by Monday.


Volpe sworn in as commander of veterans group

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, October 9, 2003

Edition: M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 28

Joseph "Joe" Volpe has been sworn in as commander of the Italian American War Veterans, Post 15. He replaces the organization's first commander, Anthony "Tony" Libri.

Other officers are Charles Palazzolo , senior vice commander; Michael Palazzolo, junior vice commander; James Sodaro, quartermaster; Wesley Barr, sergeant-at-arms; and Samuel Montalbano, chaplain.

Information about the post may be obtained by writing to: ITAM Post 15, P.O. Box 20481, Springfield, IL 62708-0481.



Inendino elected president of Roman Cultural Society

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, April 14, 2001

Section: LOCAL
Page: 11

Joe Inendino has been elected the 44th president of the Roman Cultural Society at its January meeting.

Other officers are Tony Mattera, first vice president; Larry Trapani, second vice president; Vince Salvo, third vice president; Dominic Vespa, treasurer; Dave White, assistant treasurer; Matt Gairani, secretary; Ramon Menendez, assistant secretary; Greg Vespa, sergeant-at-arms; and Carl Severino, assistant sergeant-at-arms.

Board members are Bob Nadalini, Dave White, Greg Vespa, Mark Puccetti and Dennis Gullo, and serving as senior board member is Joe Murrill. Ken Runkles is immediate past president, Charles Palazzolo is past president and Claudio Pecori is membership chair.

The Roman Cultural Society was founded in 1958 by members of the Springfield area Italian community. Membership in the society is reserved for citizens of Italian decent and their spouses.

Caption: Inendino





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, March 24, 2000

Page: 17

Peter Cimarossa has been elected president of the Roman Cultural Society.

Other officers are Joe Inendino, first vice president; Tony Mattera, second vice president; Larry Trapani, third vice president; Joe Ori, treasurer; Vince Salvo, assistant treasurer; Dominic Vespa, secretary; Ramon Menendez, sergeant-at-arms; and Matt Gairani, assistant sergeant-at-arms.

Elected as board members were Bob Nadalini, Dave White, Greg Vespa, Mark Puccetti, Dennis Gullo and Joe Murrill, senior board member. Ken Runkles is immediate past president, Charles Palazzolo is past president, and Claudio Pecori is membership chair.

The Roman Cultural Society was founded in 1958 by members of the Springfield-area Italian community. Membership in the society is reserved for citizens of Italian decent and their spouses.

Caption: Cimarossa




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, January 19, 1995

Edition: M1,M2
Page: 5

Every politician knows it's good to get your picture taken with police officers, and state Sen. KAREN HASARA, R-Springfield, is no exception.

The city mayoral candidate had quite an array of present and former officials behind her this week as she announced her crime plan. Nice TV pictures resulted.

One person in the gathering wasn't notified in advance but heard about the news conference and showed up -- and was then invited to stand with the others. He is JOHN MARK SMITH, who retired as a commander from the Springfield Police Department in 1988, after 30 years on the force. He also happens to be the brother of Ward 8 Ald. IRV SMITH, chairman of the Sangamon County GOP. He and Hasara talked about police work after the news conference was over, though John Mark Smith said that, at age 60, he's not interested in returning to the department. However, he said he's 100 percent for Hasara. He called her someone who "takes counsel from everybody and then . . . makes up her own mind."

Former Cmdr. Smith now has a $49,000 job helping to operate heating and air conditioning systems at Department of Transportation headquarters, but lately has taken sick time and vacation because of arthroscopic surgery to his right shoulder.

Smith later criticized another mayoral candidate -- MIKE CURRAN -- for a plan to immediately place 18 more officers into street-patrol slots.

"You can't make (a) transition that quick and do it effectively," he said, because it will leave gaps that need to be filled.

Curran responded that many department members tell him he can make the change with no disruption. About half the officers he's talking about are involved in investigative work that should be done by detectives, Curran said.

"I think Irv Smith's brother might be a little biased," Curran said.

Others who appeared with Hasara included former Sangamon County Sheriff BILL DeMARCO; Secretary of State Police deputy director CHARLES PALAZZOLO , a former Springfield officer; Sangamon County Board Chairman LARRY BOMKE, whose job includes budgeting for the sheriff's and prosecutor's offices; Sheriff NEIL WILLIAMSON; State's Attorney PAT KELLEY; and LIMEY NARGELENAS, a former state police superintendent who now owns Limey's Variety Bar.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 27, 1994

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 11

In September 1992, the Springfield Police Department traded 14 vehicles that police had seized as the result of drug crimes in return for one car.

That vehicle was turned over for use by a city employee outside the police department.

Although not illegal, the deal reportedly cost the department thousands of dollars and, more than a year later, still had some police officials questioning the propriety of the decision.

It's also an example of a problem with the asset seizure program: How well do law enforcement agencies police themselves? Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Kent Hill, the head of the state agency's asset seizure and forfeiture section, says seizures now operate on the honor system, although agency spokesman Mark McDonald said state police will investigate complaints if asked to do so.

"It's not like there's somebody in Springfield or Peoria conducting audits," said assistant U.S. attorney Esteban Sanchez, who handles asset seizure and forfeitures in the Springfield area. "If somebody complains, we refer the matter up to offices in Washington (D.C)." According to one internal police document, the 14 cars Springfield police traded had a conservative value of $13,870. However, they were traded in for a 1989 Buick Century that sold for $7,800. That car was then given to Mike Midiri, who oversees emergency communications for Springfield and Sangamon County.

Midiri is not a member of the police department -- in fact, his office has its own separate budget. As a result, some police officials have questioned whether Midiri should be driving the car.

By law, seized and forfeited property is to be used for law enforcement purposes only. An in-ternal police department document commented that "it takes a considerable stretch of the imagination . . . to believe that (the car) is being used in the enforcement efforts of drug law violations."

Midiri, however, says the deal has been looked into by two city attorneys and nothing is wrong.

In exchange for the car, he said, his office bought the police department two mobile data terminals for squad cars.

Charles Palazzolo , former deputy chief of technical services for Springfield police, handled the trade-in, but said he was just following orders.

"I done what I was asked to do," said Palazzolo, now deputy director of support services for the secretary of state's police. "Someone is just trying to stir up old stories. I never did any trades without consulting with legal (the city legal department)." Palazzolo added that most of the cars traded in were junk cars, worth about $50 each.

"I got three bids on it, and that was the best bid we got," Palazzolo said of the 14-for-1 trade.

While the majority of cars traded in were considered junk cars, one of them was a 1986 Lincoln Continental valued at $6,175. It was traded in about a month after it was transferred to city police from the U.S. Marshal's Service.

Federal law requires police agencies to hold onto and use forfeited vehicles for two years unless they are destroyed or are no longer valuable for some other reason, said Sanchez, adding that it's up to the particular police agency to make that determination.

Mayoral aide Bob Church said it's easier for the police or fire department, both of which work with Midiri, to buy his car since they regularly buy vehicles on their own.

Police Chief Harvey Davis said he was not in charge of the department at the time of the transaction, and other police officials who would have been involved have since retired.


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, December 1, 1995

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 1

A grand jury Thursday concluded that the findings of an Illinois State Police investigation into the disappearance of drugs, cash and guns from

the Springfield Police Department evidence room are insufficient to file criminal charges.

The decision prompted Springfield Police Chief John Harris to call for an internal investigation, which is scheduled to commence Monday and could lead to administrative remedies such as suspensions or firings.

Though the missing items clearly were stolen, Sangamon County State's Attorney Patrick Kelley said, poor management practices meant the missing items left no trail.

"It does not mean that (the grand jury) felt there was no wrongdoing or there had not been evidence taken," Kelley said Thursday after he presented the findings to the 15-member grand jury. "It's clear someone took (the evidence)." The Illinois State Police investigation turned up no suspects implicated in stealing any of the drugs, cash or guns, Kelley said.

"It's like having a department store with no security, and trying to catch the shoplifters," he said.

Police chiefs, deputy chiefs, evidence room custodians, patrol officers, custodians, secretaries, garage employees and even jail inmates who cleaned up flood damage had access to the room, according to a summary of the state police investigation.

"Security did not exist. Keys and combinations were rarely, if ever, changed," the summary says.

Procedures for destroying evidence "lacked proper documentation and made the system open to loss and theft."

Officers were allowed to take evidence from the vaults for use within the department, such as a stereo for the detective bureau or a microwave oven for the break room, according to the state police summary.

In two instances, bags containing cash recovered from crimes had been cut open, and some of the cash had been taken out. The bags were tested for fingerprints but none were found.

Two officers are named in the disappearance of less-valuable items, such as bicycles and CB radios.

Officer Robert Laughlin, a former evidence room custodian who is still with the department, allowed officers to take property from the evidence room as long as they told him it was to be used for official business, according to the summary.

Charles Palazzolo , who was Laughlin's supervisor but has since retired, told investigators he allowed the removal of radio equipment from seized vehicles for the purpose of installing equipment in departmental vehicles, the report summary says.

Efforts to reach Palazzolo and Laughlin were unsuccessful Thursday night.

Unnamed police employees told investigators that they were allowed to take home recovered property, including bicycles, a car stereo, a CB radio and a computer printer.

Kelley added he still considers the case an open investigation, and that anyone with information should contact his office or the state police.

Though evidence had disappeared from the vault for decades, the scandal did not come to light until it was reported in 1994 by The State Journal-Register.

A state police audit completed in May reviewed all evidence collected between 1961 and 1994 and discovered that 11 percent of it had disappeared. The missing items included nearly $74,000 in cash, 319 drug exhibits and 650 firearms.

The audit prompted Mayor Karen Hasara to call for a criminal investigation by the state police, which examined evidence records for the years 1989 to 1994, the maximum allowed by the statute of limitations.

Kelley determined that the state police investigation, completed in September, lacked enough evidence for criminal charges, but he decided to take the case to a grand jury for a second opinion.

"We just want to get the whole thing behind us and look forward," the mayor said Thursday following the grand jury's decision.

Meanwhile, the Springfield Police Department has begun reforming procedures for cataloging seized evidence.

George Murphy, who served as acting police chief from May to October, ordered locks changed in the evidence room and restricted access to certain employees. A consultant hired by the city is expected to make recommendations soon for better documentation of evidence.

Also, police say their new headquarters in the renovated former county building, which they are scheduled to occupy in February, will provide a more secure place to store evidence.





Roman Cultural Society elects 49th president, other officers

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 19, 2006

Section: LOCAL
Page: 12

Ramon "Ray" Menendez has been elected the 49th president of the Roman Cultural Society at its January meeting.

Other officers are Carl Severino, first vice president; Greg Vespa, second vice president; Mark Marinelli, treasurer; Troy Gullo, assistant treasurer; Paul Ray, secretary; Ted Schrock, assistant secretary; Vince Nadalini, sergeant-at-arms; Steve Rose, assistant sergeant-at-arms; and Dr. Jack "Picco" Fyans, society consul.

Board members are Joe Alsup, Steve Dove, Paul Palazzolo, Mike Benson, Dennis Gullo, Dave White and Paul Moriconi, and serving as senior board member is Pete Cimarossa.

Matt Gairani is immediate past president. Charles Palazzolo , Ken Rossi, Anthony Libri, Nick Ciaccio, Mario Perrino and Dominic Vespa are past presidents, and Claudio Pecori is membership chairman.

The Roman Cultural Society was founded in 1958 by members of the Springfield-area Italian community. Membership in the society is reserved for those of Italian descent.



Veterans group names new officers

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, December 12, 2005

Section: LOCAL
Page: 12

Michael Palazzolo has been installed as commander of the Italian American War Veterans, Post 15.

Other officers are Anthony Caruso, senior vice commander; James Sodaro, junior vice commander; Dominic Vespa, adjutant and quartermaster; Daniel Wavering, sergeant-at-arms; and Samuel Montalbano, chaplain.

Charles Palazzolo is the immediate past commander.

Information about the post may be obtained by writing to ITAM Post 15, P.O. Box 20481, Springfield, IL 62708-0481.






Commander of Italian American War Veterans sworn into office

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, December 18, 2004

Section: LOCAL
Page: 24

Charles Palazzolo has been sworn in as commander of the Italian American War Veterans, Versace Post 15.

Joseph Volpe is immediate past commander.

Other officers are Mike Palazzolo, senior vice commander; Anthony Caruso, junior vice commander; James Sodaro, quartermaster/adjutant; and Samuel Montalbano, chaplain.

The post's first commander, Anthony "Tony" Libri, administered the oath of office at the December meeting.

Information about the post may be obtained by writing to: ITAM Post 15, P.O. Box 20481, Springfield, IL 62708-0481.



Roman society elects president

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Section: LOCAL
Page: 17

Dominic Vespa has been elected the 48th president of the Roman Cultural Society at its January meeting.

Other officers are Ramon Menendez, first vice president; Matt Gairani, second vice president; Carl Severino, treasurer; Mark Bartolozzi, assistant treasurer; Greg Vespa, secretary; Mark Marinelli, assistant secretary; Ray Ciufettelli, sergeant-at-arms; Troy Gullo, assistant sergeant-at-arms; and Dr. Jack "Pico" Fyans, society consul.

Board members are David White, Mike Benson, Dennis Gullo, Paul Ray, Ted Schrock, Steve Dove, Paul Moriconi, and serving as senior board members are Joe Murrill, Joe Prosperini and Tony Mattozzi.

Vince Salvo is immediate past president. Charles Palazzolo , Ken Rossi, Nick Ciaccio, Mike Palazzolo and Tony Libri are past presidents, and Claudio Pecori is membership chairman.

The Roman Cultural Society was founded in 1958 by members of the Springfield-area Italian community. Membership in the society is reserved for citizens of Italian descent and their spouses.

Caption: Vespa






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, June 22, 1994

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 1

Bill DeMarco's decision to become deputy director of the Illinois Department of Financial Institutions had county Republicans Tuesday

suggesting candidates to fill the Sangamon County sheriff's slot until the fall election.

DeMarco's appointment is effective July 15. Sangamon County Board Chairman Larry Bomke said he will meet with Sangamon County Republican Party Chairman Irv Smith before then to discuss potential interim sheriffs.

There are a number of candidates for the job, Smith said.

People he named include: Jim Cimarossa, assistant deputy chief of investigations for the Springfield Police Department; Neil Williamson, a Springfield police officer who heads the department's Crimestoppers program; and Bob Nadalini, a county board member and retired special agent with the Illinois State Police.

Others names mentioned were:


Charlie Palazzolo ,


deputy director of the Secretary of State Police;


Loren Larsen, chief deputy of investigations at the sheriff's office; Chris Kratzer, Sangamon County chief deputy; Steve Wieland, chief of staff at the sheriff's department; and John Pyle, a captain in the sheriff's office.

"I'm missing some names, but what I want to say is we surely don't want to overlook the sheriff's department(employees) because there are some good people up there . . ." Smith said.

"We have to get somebody who can run the department, who's got a good law-enforcement background, who can get along with people. It's a big job."

DeMarco, 58, has been sheriff since his appointment in 1985. He was elected to the post in 1986 and 1990. The Department of Financial Institutions duties include licensing and examining credit unions, currency exchanges and consumer finance companies statewide. The position opened up after the death of the previous deputy director, Bob Antonini.

Three potential replacements at the top of Bomke's list Tuesday were Cimarossa, Williamson and Nadalini.

"I think any one of those three would do a great job and would be great candidates," he said.

When DeMarco applied for two other positions this spring, Nadalini said he told Smith he was interested in being sheriff and still is.

"I'm the only one of all the candidates mentioned that's proved he's electable," he said, citing his position on the county board.

Cimarossa, on the other hand, said Tuesday night that he is not interested in being sheriff at this time, citing family responsibilities that would make immediate campaigning too difficult.

"I think it's flattering someone mentioned my name, but it's probably not something I'm ready to take on in my stage in life," he said. "I'm at the city and trying to take care of my job there."

Williamson was unavailable for comment.

DeMarco said he is sure the party will choose a worthy candidate.

"The Republican Party as always will look for high moral value and someone who can do the job," he said.

Whoever is chosen will run against Cmdr. Bob Howlett of the Secretary of State Police, the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 8 election.

Such a late entrant into the race for sheriff shouldn't be a problem, Bomke said. "The campaigns don't get heated up until late summer or early fall," he noted.

Howlett said DeMarco's announcement will have no impact on his bid for sheriff. Until Republicans name a candidate, there is no way to gauge if the election will change, he said.

Caption: Bill DeMarco




Edgar run for governor not ruled out but unlikely

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, June 7, 2001


BILL DEMARCO clearly touched a lot of people in his life.




CHARLIE PALAZZOLO , who worked with DeMarco at the Springfield Police Department, recalled "that big smile, that little joke" and how DeMarco was "always trying to help someone."


MIKE WALTON, a former Springfield police chief, said DeMarco always encouraged him to get into police work, in part because "you can do a lot of good."








a bit of EVERYTHING / Many choices for palates at Ethnic Festival

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, September 1, 2007

Page: 7

Denise Jones has some advice for anyone planning to visit the annual Ethnic Festival at the Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend.

She suggests that before buying anything to eat, festival-goers should cruise the entire perimeter of the grounds and check out all of the food booths. After everything has been sufficiently scouted, people can go to the booths that caught their eye and get a little something from each one.

"Basically, you graze," said Jones, of Springfield.

Charlie Palazzolo , president of the Ethnic Festival, said it began in Sherman around 1972 and moved to the fairgrounds in the late 1970s, finding a permanent home in the Ethnic Village.

As usual, the event that began Friday and continues through Sunday features live entertainment and food from the around the world.

There are several choices from each vendor, such as gyros at the Greek booth, bratwurst at the German booth and fried eggplant at the French booth. The Mexican booth features quesadillas, among other things, and don't forget the cannoli at the Italian booth. Chicken gumbo is one of the items on the menu at the Cajun booth, and vegetable curry is available at the Indian booth.

One of the new offerings this year is Turkish food. There was a sizable line at the booth Friday - and for good reason, said Springfield residents Cathy Foley and Jim Joyce. Foley got a chicken wrap with vegetables, and Joyce chose a beef wrap.

"It's got lots of vegetables in it. It's really good," said Foley, who added that she was drawn to the booth because she wanted to try something different.

Joyce said he comes to the Ethnic Festival practically every year.

"I like to come at least one time to see what's here, and to try things that are different," he said. "You are able to be outside, and you see a lot of people you haven't seen all year."

In recent years, Palazzolo said, the three-day event has drawn about 35,000 visitors. It's had it's ups and downs, but he said he hopes to keep it going for many years to come.

"We want to keep it going because this is Springfield's event. It belongs to the city of Springfield and Sangamon County," Palazzolo said.

Hours for the free festival are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and Sunday.

Food for the ears, too


1 p.m. - British Brass Band

3 p.m. - TBA

5 p.m. - Middle Eastern Dancers

6 p.m. - St. Anthony's "Hellenic Dancers"

7 p.m. - Bustin' Loose Band

7 to 11 p.m. -Groove Daddies (main tent)


1 p.m. - Springfield Municipal Band

3 p.m. - TBA

5 p.m. - Lotus Fire

6 p.m. - St. Anthony's "Hellenic Dancers"

7 p.m. - Bustin' Loose Band

7 to 11 p.m. - Screamin' Vatos (main tent)

Caption: Trevor Daily gives his 3-year-old niece, Jordan Watts, a ride on his shoulders Friday at the Ethnic Festival - which continues today and Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - while Jordan's dad and grandfather, Chris Watts, center, and Larry Daily, watch.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 19, 1994

Edition: M1,M2
Page: 15

It looks like Sangamon County Sheriff BILL DeMARCO is finally going to get that new job he's apparently been seeking for some time. And he won't

have to risk another bad day at the polls this Nov. 8. Word is DeMarco will become deputy director of the Illinois Department of Financial Institutions.

An announcement is expected in the next week, and he'll probably start in the new job about mid-July.

This will certainly be interesting for Republicans, who will need a new candidate for sheriff, and for Cmdr. BOB HOWLETT of the Secretary of State Police, the Democrat who has been running against DeMarco and now will face Candidate X. Financial Institutions, among other duties, licenses and examines credit unions, currency exchanges and consumer finance companies.

DeMarco was considered a sure thing for state representative in 1992, but Democrats poured money into the campaign when allegations of wrongdoing against his office made him look vulnerable. And the death of a prisoner in the old Sangamon County Jail didn't help. The result was the election of hard-running state Rep. VICKIE MOSELEY, D-Springfield.

Since then, DeMarco has interviewed for jobs as head of the Illinois Sheriffs Association and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

He's been a popular guy in his three decades in Springfield-area law enforcement. He was appointed sheriff in 1985 and was elected in 1986 and 1990. Possible GOP replacements for DeMarco include JIM CIMAROSSA, assistant deputy chief of investigations of the Springfield Police Department; NEIL WILLIAMSON, a Spring-field officer who handles the Crimestoppers program; LOREN LARSEN, chief deputy of investigations at the sheriff's department; CHARLIE PALAZZOLO , deputy director of the Secretary of State Police; and Sangamon County Board member BOB NADALINI, a retired special agent with the Illinois State Police who had 24 years with the department.

County board changes Other changes at the county are also on the way. First-term Sangamon County Board member MIKE STAAB has a new job in Jacksonville and has resigned his seat. He's also going to be living in a house outside the 28th District.

Staab wasn't seeking re-election anyway, and odds are his replacement on the ballot will be the Democrat who filed for the seat, ROSIE CHRISTY. The Republican running there is JERRY NATION. Democrats will also be seeking a new candidate in District 23, where incumbent Republican DEBBIE CIMAROSSA is seeking re-election. Democrat SHARON McLAUGHLIN asked to be removed from the ballot because, as a working mother with three children, she decided she didn't have time for the county board job.

Choosing sides Sangamon County GOP Chairman IRV SMITH left the state Republican Convention in Chicago early last weekend so he could go to Tennessee and meet with LAMAR ALEXANDER, where conversation included strategy for the 1996 presidential campaign.

Of several GOP presidential hopefuls, Alexander has been the most active in central Illinois. He's hosting a series of monthly TV shows designed to be tuned in by groups of Republicans nationwide, and one show in September originated from the Old State Capitol. He was also the keynote speaker at February's Lincoln Day Luncheon, the Sangamon County GOP's main annual fund-raiser.

"He really is a genuine person," Smith said of Alexander.

Smith said he's now Illinois coordinator for Alexander's national cable TV show and could later take a similar position in an Alexander campaign.

What's more, Smith said the discussion in Tennessee, including friends or advisers from a dozen states, led to the conclusion that Alexander has a "real good" chance to become the GOP nominee in '96. "I left just as enthusiastic as I've been in a long time," Smith said.

Among those who attended the talks was DOUG BAILEY, a former political consultant whose clients included former Illinois Gov. JIM THOMPSON and Alexander. Bailey, who now heads a Falls Church, Va.-based publishing company called the American Political Network and is trying to launch a political TV station for cable systems, listed points needed for a successful campaign, Smith said.

They include a political base, ability to do well in Iowa and New Hampshire, an anti-Washington message, as well as a focused message of one's own.

Of all Republicans considering a run for president, Bailey said in a telephone interview later, "my own view is he (Alexander) has probably made the best use of the last year" with his satellite programs.

Bailey, who said he was at the meeting only as a friend, said the Tennessee meeting was called to discuss Alexander's network.

Smith, who stayed overnight at Alexander's "real neat log cabin," said he's not sure "if he's got a prayer," but he'll work with Alexander at this stage of Alexander's political attributes.

"The last three presidents have been governors (except GEORGE BUSH)," Smith said. "They've been out of Washington."

He's also very impressed with Alexander's background, including stints as president of the University of Tennessee and as secretary of education in the Bush administration.

Smith thinks Alexander has a better chance than, for example, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary JACK KEMP, because "Kemp is still looked upon . . . as a Washingtonian."

Smith said he intends to be a delegate to the 1996 GOP national convention, and he doesn't preclude the possibility he would run on someone else's slate if Alexander doesn't catch fire in Illinois between now and then.

Meanwhile, former legislator DON TOTTEN of Schaumburg said he's working on a possible presidential run by Kemp.

Totten was Illinois campaign manager for Kemp's presidential run in 1988. Totten said Kemp is "probably best positioned to inherit the (RONALD) REAGAN constituency," because of his philosophy and ability to communicate. And he noted that Kemp, Sen. BOB DOLE of Kansas and former Defense Secretary RICHARD CHENEY are most frequently mentioned as contenders, while Alexander is somewhere back in the pack.

Totten remains a consultant to the JIM RYAN campaign for attorney general and is also campaign manager for JOE MORRIS for Cook County Board president.

Raising it for Ryan A Springfield fund-raiser for GOP attorney general candidate Jim Ryan last week at the home of A.D. and MARGARET VANMETER generated about $20,000, said Ryan spokesman JOHN HOFFMAN. The Capital Salute Reception Committee overseeing the $100-per-person event included lots of big hitters, among them Smith, BILL CELLINI, BILL ROBERTS, and ROBERT OXTOBY. Roberts is Sangamon County coordinator for Ryan.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, June 13, 1994

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 1

Prepare the proper vocabulary before eying the 1952 Chevrolet beneath the Springfield Police Department or the 1949 Plymouth in the Sangamon County

sheriff's garage.

Practice words such as "nostalgia" and "heritage" -- and brush up on your "Dick Tracy" and "Highway Patrol" history.

But remember, it's all a matter of perspective. Another more practiced eye may view the same vehicles -- now the toast of the parade circuit -- and describe them as "cutting edge." "The '49 Pontiacs we had were old clunkers. They had a straight shift, a truck clutch," said Hobart "Curley" Rogers, who joined the Springfield Police Department in August 1952. "We got the '52s and we thought we were moving into hog heaven."

But it was with a spirit of saving history that the local two departments embarked at roughly the same time to transform their old cars, wrought of hopeful, energetic, post-World War II hands, into nostalgic showpieces.

"The old car gives a feeling of pride," said Charlie Palazzolo , a retired deputy Springfield police chief who coordinated the car's transformation, along with former chief Michael Walton. "It's not all just being at someone's side in times of distress. We want to have happy times, too. It's a happy car."

The department bought the 1952 Chevy from a north side man, said Palazzolo, now a deputy director of the secretary of state's police. City garage workers stripped the car part from part in their spare time before it was finally restored by Hillsboro prison inmates.

The sheriff's department obtained its car in 1991. The department had a 1950 Chrysler when a Williamsville man offered to trade his 1949 Plymouth for it. The owner wanted the '50 Chrysler, and the Plymouth didn't need as much work, said Capt. John Pyle. Several businesses contributed parts or painting.

"Broderick Crawford would be proud," county garage attendant Chuck Bryant said, referring to the star of the 1950s TV hit, "Highway Patrol," who Bryant said drove a 1956 Buick. "Shades of Dick Tracy."

The city car is black with white front doors. "Police, Springfield, Ill." is painted on the doors. The department began painting all doors white in the mid-60s before switching to the blue-and-red-on-white design of today.

The county car is painted the way squads today are. An emblem decal on the door resembles the one officials believe was the design used then.

Neither car ever was used in policing, but city police used '52 Chevys just like the black-and-white one they have now. As for the sheriff's department, car dealers supplying squads sometimes varied every four years -- every time a new, pre-civil service-era sheriff was installed and wanted to pay back those who helped him get there.

"They didn't have much in them: a siren on the fender and a light on top," Pyle said of the cars.

Both cars play big roles in area parades -- and the county car made a trip to Kewanee last year to star in an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" -- just as they played big roles in their days.

Each department -- then located across from each other on Jefferson Street -- had about five cars apiece in the early '50s. The cars would run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

"One guy would get off his shift, get out, the next guy would get in and off he'd go," said Loren Larsen, chief deputy of investigations for the sheriff's department.

"It's nostalgic. You hear people saying, `I remember being in the back of one,' or `I remember being pulled over by one,' or `Uncle Harry had one,' " Bryant said. "It brings back a quieter time, too. It was after World War II; before the Korean War. You didn't need all the fancy technology."

In fact, the cops who drove them were ga-ga over such modern miracles as radios in the cars. Before that, the police were reduced to running to street call boxes (but they didn't go near them in thunderstorms, for fear of lightning strikes) or monitoring the light on the Capitol dome. People needing help would call the station, which flipped a switch to notify the street cops in Paul Revere fashion.

"We'd watch the Statehouse. If it was a white light, we had to call in," said Joe DeMarco, a Springfield policeman from 1940 to 1965 and father of Sheriff Bill DeMarco. "Otherwise, it was a red light. . . . These guys today don't know how well off they are." "It was a way of life," Rogers explained. "You couldn't miss what you didn't have. We thought the radios were the greatest thing since motherhood."

But those radios were a far cry from the Motorola Visar portables, about the size of a pack of cigarettes, used today. The old Motorola Dynamotors, with the generator carried in the trunk, were powered when a communicator pushed the key.

"It would whine and once you reach the peak, you can talk," Larsen said.

Although hulking masses of metal, the cars carry the curvy lines that dominated the '50s auto industry -- similar to the streamlined Chevrolet Caprices both departments drive today. What goes around, comes around, Palazzolo agreed.

"If you look at the '90s Caprice and the '48 Nash Rambler," Palazzolo said, referring to an earlier squad car of choice, "the cars are pretty much the same. The streamlining is pretty close.

"Today's cars are built for aerodynamics, and the Rambler sticks up more in the air. But I'm sure when I'm dead and gone, somebody will have one of the cars here today, and they'll be talking about it 30 years from now."

Caption: A 1952 Chevrolet Springfield Police car, left, and 1949 Plymouth Sangamon County Sheriff's car are displayed by, left to right, George Maglone of the Springfield Police Department, Charlie Palazzolo , retired police officer, and Capt. John Pyle.

Index Terms: NEWS





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, January 13, 1988

Author/Byline: Zion Johnson
Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: NEWS
Page: 1

When it comes to the new paint job on their lobby's walls, Springfield police detectives aren't exactly tickled pink.

The color pink, when it comes to coaxing burglars into snitching on their cronies, just doesn't command the needed respect, they say.

But they say peach, which was the intended color, doesn't command much deference either.

The walls were painted last week amid remodeling at the detective bureau.

It started when Deputy Chief of Investigations Don Mitchell asked for peach paint for the department secretary's walls.

"I asked for peach," says the secretary, Patty Stoutamyer. "I didn't ask for pink."

However, the correct colors apparently were not mixed with the paint's base or were not mixed well enough.

Consequently, to most people, including the detectives, Stoutamyer and Mitchell, the bureau's walls appear pink.

"Either I'm colorblind or it's pink," Mitchell said. "To me, it's pink, but Deputy Chief ( Charles) Palazzolo says it's peach. It's kind of a joke. They (the detectives) call it Palazzolo's peach."

Palazzolo also has peach walls in his office, but he concedes it may be a slightly different shade.

"This is a smaller office, and there's not enough light," he said.

Palazzolo said new Police Chief Mike Walton said the bureau could have any color as long as it was not pink, a color deemed inappropriate for Springfield's finest. And Palazzolo said the bureau's lobby is just a different shade of peach.

"Peach, that's what color the paint shop says it is," he said.

Regardless of the tint, Stoutamyer enjoys the new color. m"It's a relaxing color. It's a nice color," she said. "They're making fun of my pink detective bureau."

Said evidence technician John Watts, "I think it's pink. We ought to have polka dots, too."

Said Detective


Dave Hurrelbrink,


who has beige walls in his office, "We ought to paint the window sills light blue."

But the color of the lobby's walls has no real significant psychological effect on criminals or witnesses, does it? "You bring a guy in and you say, `We're going through the pink room now,' " said Detective Don Kolar.

The crime records and analysis departments also have peach walls. But the 11 women in that section don't object to the color. They do wish it matched the carpet.

"I like the colors. If they would get new carpet in here, it would be great," said clerk/typist Tammy Hopp of the royal blue carpet.

Mitchell, who has light gray walls in his office, said the painter intended to paint the entire detective bureau with the peach color (or whatever it is), but Mitchell stopped him at the lobby.

Mitchell said he will probably order a new color for the lobby in the spring.

"Anything neutral will do."














Paul Palazzolo –





Palazzolos to head Tree of Lights campaign for second year in a row

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, June 3, 2004



Sangamon County Auditor


Paul Palazzolo


and his wife, Suanne,


will serve as honorary co-chairs of The Salvation Army's 2004 Tree of Lights campaign for a second year in a row.

Palazzolo has been serving as county auditor since 2002 and as an elected trustee for Springfield Park District since 2001. He also serves as treasurer of the Springfield Airport Authority, is a past president and past district governor of the Kiwanis Club and is a member of the Roman Cultural Society.

Suanne Palazzolo is a


funeral director for


Staab Funeral Home.


She also is a member of St. John's Hospital Samaritans Board. Paul and Suanne have two children.

The 2003 campaign surpassed its goal and raised $326,494. Through the efforts of the Palazzolos, the number of bell-ringer volunteers increased, and the army's expenses decreased by more than $14,000.

The Tree of Lights Campaign supports services for The Salvation Army throughout the year, raising more than half the operating budget for The Salvation Army in Sangamon County. The campaign kicks off in November and continues through January.



Park dist police – harassment -


Palazzolo to vie for park board seat

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, February 2, 2001


Paul Palazzolo Thursday used Springfield's Kiwanis Park as the location of his formal announcement of candidacy for the Springfield Park Board, saying the park represents "a perfect example of public and private working together."

Palazzolo, who was joined by about 30 supporters and family members, said the Kiwanis club and the park district worked together to build the park, and he wants to promote more community involvement in the park system. Such a partnership, along with aggressive pursuit of state and federal funds, can help ensure a vital district without raising taxes, he said.

He said the state's Illinois FIRST initiative, the Department of Natural Resources' open-space land acquisition and development program and the National Park Service all could be looked at for resources.

"By turning our attention to outside funding sources, we can improve our recreational system without asking Springfield residents to pick up the tab," Palazzolo said, adding that he would not vote to raise taxes if elected April 3.

Palazzolo, 44, is a lifelong Springfield resident who has been associated with Kiwanis since his years at Griffin High School. He later became Kiwanis district governor for all of Illinois and 14 counties in Iowa.

"I'd like to think I can bring a particular talent to listen, to reach out and bring people together," he said.

Palazzolo said he would look for ways to create new programs, mentioning one group's suggestion to have a safe place to play roller hockey.

The proposed consolidation of the Springfield Recreation Department and the park district should be done "with common sense and fiscal responsibility," he said. As a member of the board, he added, "I'd be very interested in making sure that Centennial Park is developed completely and responsibly and also making sure that a second ice rink (at Lincoln Park) is a reality, again without ... a tax increase."

Palazzolo works for the state Office of Banks and Real Estate. He has a finance degree from the University of Illinois and is the appointed treasurer of the Springfield Airport Authority. He said he expects to keep that post if he wins the non-paying parks position, as he has no vote on the airport board.

Palazzolo, who does polling for the Sangamon County Republican Party, said he did ask county GOP chairman Irv Smith "for the opportunity" to run for the nonpartisan post.

Asked if his party affiliation would play a role on the board, he said, "I'm proud to be a Kiwanian. I'm proud to be a Republican. Will it play a role? It depends on what the situation is."

He said he would not let park district employees contribute to his campaign.

He remains on the board of the Downtown Kiwanis club, and that club's president, Don Barber, as well as West Side Neighborhood Association President Dave Kelm, will help manage the campaign.

Palazzolo is married to Suanne Staab Palazzolo, and they have a 4-year-old daughter, Maria.

Caption: Palazzolo


McMenamin elected Kiwanis Club president

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, December 10, 2001

Joe McMenamin has been elected president of the Kiwanis Club of Springfield-Downtown for 2001-02.

Other officers include Paul Provart, vice president; David Kelm, secretary; and Steve Tate, treasurer. Don Barber is past president.

Directors are Bob Meade, Kevin Jones, David Luft, Paul Palazzolo , Tim Eggleston, Wendy Terry, Dave Dillavou, Mike Noonan and Nick Petrone. Ed Mahoney and Joan Vogel are retiring board members.

The Kiwanis Club is an international organization dedicated to promoting community service, high ethical standards and international understanding. The organization's theme is "Children - Priority One."

The Kiwanis Club of Springfield-Downtown meets every Wednesday at noon in the Hilton Springfield's Manhattan Grille Room. For more information, call Paul Palazzolo at 793-4337.


Libri vows 'half and half' party split for top city jobs

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 9, 2003


RYAN McCRADY, 33, a Divernon resident, has moved from being comptroller of the sheriff's office to become deputy auditor for new Auditor PAUL PALAZZOLO , who was named to replace Cavanagh.

McCrady, formerly a branch manager for Illini Bank, has been with the county since 1996. His salary is unchanged at $56,870. He likes the idea that the new job gives him a view of all of county government, not just one department.



Appleton, Turner eye 4th District Appellate vacancy

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 4, 2001


Conflict for Shimkus

Springfield Park Board candidate


increasingly high-profile presence in Republican politics is illustrated by the fact that


U.S. Rep. JOHN SHIMKUS, R-Collinsville,


was set to host a Palazzolo fund-raiser last week.


As it turned out, Shimkus was unable to make the event at the Chantilly Lace nightclub because it was the same day as President GEORGE W. BUSH's budget address.

But Shimkus said he still supports Palazzolo, noting that


Palazzolo is not only a fellow Kiwanian,


but was Shimkus' Sangamon County coordinator in the 1998 and 2000 elections.

"He's walked precincts and put up signs," Shimkus said. "Loyalty's an important thing."

Palazzolo also is a precinct committeeman, does polling for the Sangamon County GOP and last year was appointed treasurer of the Springfield Airport Authority by Sangamon County Board Chairman ANDY VAN METER.

More than 200 people attended the minimum $15-per-person, $25-per-family event last week. About $6,000 was raised, Palazzolo said. He is one of seven candidates for three officially nonpartisan Park District seats up in the April 3 election. Other candidates include incumbents SCOTT HANAUER, FRANK LESKO and DAVE LOEBACH, and challengers KELLY WELLER, JANE NOLAN DENES and KEITH SHANK.


Note siddens at vets – Normandy page



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 30, 1993


Staab-Siddens Brenda Kaye Siddens and Mark David Staab, both of Springfield, were united in marriage at 11 a.m. April 24 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the Rev. John Ossola.

The bride is the daughter of Donald and Rhondda Siddens of Rochester. The groom is the son of Jean Anne Staab of Springfield and the late Paul John Staab.

Serving as matron of honor was Mary Boyer. Flower girls were Shelby and Casey Siddens.

Best man was Bradley Siddens. Ushers were Randall Siddens, George Staab, P.J. Staab


Dennis Polk,


Paul Palazzolo


and Mark Smith. Ringbearer was Chase Siddens.

A reception was held at the Sangamo Club.

The couple will live in Springfield.







Political questions arise in Horton hiring at airport

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 1, 2000

Was the hiring of a Republican candidate for Sangamon County Board to a maintenance job at Capital Airport a political act? You be the judge.

ED HORTON, the GOP candidate in District 20, on Sept. 21 began a $34,237 job as an airport laborer assigned to field maintenance. Horton, 32, is probably best known for his basketball career - he was a standout at Lanphier High School and went on to a nine-year professional basketball career, including two years with the NBA's Washington Bullets and Los Angeles Clippers.

Sangamon County GOP Chairman IRV SMITH said he knew of openings at the airport and told Horton he should see JOHN COOK, business manager of Laborers Local 477.

"I've been trying to help Ed Horton for a long time," Smith said, saying it predated Horton's becoming a candidate. "I like to help young guys. I'd like to see him go back and finish his (college) degree and come back here and coach basketball. .. . He could do so much good. He's a legend in this town."

Smith says he's helped Democrats as well as Republicans over the years.

Horton, who says he's running for county board because he wants to get more involved in the community, said he interviewed for several jobs. He has two children and a fiance, Horton said,

He plans to take courses starting Nov. 1 on the Internet through the University of Iowa, where he was All-Big Ten in 1989. He hopes to get enough credits to graduate in about 10 months. Horton is a communications major with a minor in broadcasting.

He said he was blessed with basketball skills, but is moving "to the second phase of my life." As for coaching, he said, "later on in life, maybe."

The role of Cook is interesting, given that he is a Democratic precinct committeeman, and Local 477 is often the place where county Democrats meet. TYRONE PACE, Horton's neighbor and the Democratic candidate in the 20th, had a fund-raiser at the hall.

Cook said he likes both Pace and Horton and is glad he doesn't live in their district. If he did, he said, "I would have to go with Pace."

Cook said many of his members don't want airport jobs because pension benefits there don't match up to what's offered by some other employers, particularly the union's own plan. Horton was among people who made it to the last round of interviews and was chosen.

"They do all the selecting out there," Cook said of the airport.

"Of all the applicants I sent to the airport, he was the only one that did not have a job," Cook added. "He was unemployed at the time. The rest of them were fully employed."

Cook also said he recently suggested to airport executive director BOB O'BRIEN that it would be good to hire an African-American. Horton is black.

"As far as who had influence on it, I don't really know," Horton said of his job.

Indications are that Horton was not the top choice of the airport administration for the job.

"This was shoved right down Bob O'Brien's throat by the airport board," said a source close to the situation.

O'Brien had no comment other than to say that Horton started at the pay category for beginning laborers at the airport.

The airport is run by a five-member board. Three people are appointed by the Springfield mayor and two by the Sangamon County Board chairman.

There is no partisan test for board membership, and the board now happens to include at least three Republicans: Chairman RALPH HURWITZ, and members PHIL SPENGLER, and CONNIE HUMPHREY. BERNARD ARMBRUSTER has not voted in recent primary elections and did not return phone calls last week. The fifth member is SUSAN SHEA, a former Sangamon County Democratic chairman.

In response to the allegation that O'Brien was pressured by the board, Hurwitz said the issue "did not come before the board." Because the hiring is a personnel matter, Hurwitz said he couldn't comment on whether he discussed the matter with Smith or anyone else outside a board meeting.

The airport's hiring policy provides that final decisions "are to be made by the board of commissioners, except where delegated by the board to the executive director." Hurwitz said hiring for all positions except administrators is delegated to the executive director.

Humphrey is director of intergovernmental affairs for the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association - a group run by Sangamon County GOP Treasurer BILL CELLINI. She said she knew of the search for a job for Horton. But when she talked with Smith about a number of people, including Horton, about a month ago, Smith "didn't even mention that part of it."

"Irv was talking to me about a group of people that he really felt comfortable with, good supporters and loyal, and Ed was one of them," she said.

She said she hasn't met Horton and is not on the personnel committee involved in hiring.

Democrat Pace, by the way, moved late last year from a 19-year-job at the Department of Transportation to the secretary of state's office. He is paid $60,000 annually as purchasing agent.

Meanwhile, SHARON CELLINI of Springfield recently stepped down as the airport board's treasurer after 14 years.

Appointed to the post by then-county board Chairman DICK AUSTIN, she said she enjoyed her long service, but she's been busy. "It was just kind of time. Fourteen years is plenty."

Sharon Cellini, who works at the state Department of Human Services, was married to Bill Cellini's late brother, BOB.

The airport board's new treasurer is PAUL PALAZZOLO , 34, a GOP committeeman from Springfield who has also been taking over the local polling operation for the Sangamon County GOP. Palazzolo, who makes $56,868 with the Office of Banks and Real Estate overseeing auctioneer licenses, will be paid $1,500 annually as airport board treasurer. He said he was contacted about the job by Smith and named to the post by Sangamon County Board Chairman ANDY VAN METER.

Members of the board are paid $1,800 annually.












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The State Journal- Register (Springfield, IL)

October 11, 2010 Monday

Five county board members in races / Vote on budget comes one week after election

BYLINE: John Reynolds Staff Writer


LENGTH: 1280 words

One week after the Nov. 2 election, Sangamon County Board members will vote on a $93 million budget that includes 37 fewer positions than last year.

The cuts, which are mostly being covered by not filling vacant positions, are projected to save the county about $1.15 million. The county is also looking at a 5 percent cut in contracts and other costs, which is projected to save another $ 1 million.

Fifteen of the board's 29 members are up for re-election this year, but only five, all Republicans, have opponents. They are: Andy Goleman, Divernon; Don Stephens Jr., Chatham;
Jen Dillman, Springfield; Abe Forsyth, Springfield; and William "Billy" Moss, Springfield.

County officials say many of their budget woes are tied to the economy.

For starters, the county is anticipating a reduction of $525,000 in fines and fees. Pension costs are also up $360,000.

Last month, Sangamon County administrator Brian McFadden said the pension costs are linked to the economy.

The county pays into the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, which invests money in the stock market. When returns on investments are down, governments have to make up the difference.

The new budget also includes $750,000 in raises. Raises for non-union employees are based on performance, and can be up to 2 percent. Raises for union employees depend on individual contracts.

Twenty-nine of the 37 positions to be cut are vacant. The remaining eight cuts could involve layoffs or not filling a position after an employee retires.

New board members are traditionally sworn into office in December, which means that if any of the five incumbents are defeated, they will still vote on the new budget, which goes into effect Dec. 1.

Winners of the election, however, will have to live with the new budget.

Here's what contestants in the five contested races say about how they would oversee the county's finances.

District 4

Republican Andy Goleman has served on the county board since 1994 nd heads the finance committee. He is 47, works as a farmer and said it isn't easy deciding how much money each county department receives.

"The last two years have certainly been the most difficult two years I've seen on the county board," Goleman said. "But I think people want to know that they have someone who can oversee spending, provide services, and at the same time, watch the taxpayer's dollar closely. I think I have done that."

Democrat Louis Fremgen has served as a precinct committeeman for 15 years. He is 51 and teaches photography at Lanphier High School. He said his No. 1 concern is police protection in rural areas. He said he doesn't oppose new taxes if there is a legitimate need.

"Everybody wants safe streets, safe roads and schools - things that taxes pay for. Eventually, somebody is going to have to stand up and do the right thing (and support a revenue increase.)"

District 5

Republican Don Stephens Jr. has served on the county board since 2002. He is 46 and works for the Illinois Department of Revenue. He said that if he is re-elected, he will continue to look for methods that will the allow the county to live within its means and provide service without raising taxes.

"We have to look at ways to operate within our means," Stephens said. "Unfortunately, personnel costs are the highest expense that any governmental entity has. The only way to balance your budget is to keep as tight a rein as possible on your personnel expenses."

Democrat Mike McGrath served two terms on the Chatham Village Board between 2001 and 2009. He is 50 and works for City Water, Light and Power. If elected, he said he would cut wasteful spending and look for ways to help the sheriff's office.

"Police protection is one thing I'm really big on - you want to make sure they have all the resources they need," McGrath said. "You have to have priorities, and the main one for me is police protection."

District 23


Jen Dillman


has served on the county board since 2007. She is 31 and works as finance director for Bill Brady's campaign for governor. If she is re-elected, she said, she will continue to vote for policies that enable the county to live within its means.

"It's been tough," Dillman said when asked about allocating resources. "We've gone to all of the various departments and asked them to cut back and do more with less. They've all stepped up, and we have continued to provide the services we have always had."

Democrat Timothy Sheehan serves as a precinct committeeman. He is 57 and teaches social studies in the Springfield School District. He said he might support a tax increase if it were needed, but he said it would have to be a responsible increase that served a useful purpose, such as creating jobs.

"Taxes can be used as a weapon, or a tool. I would prefer they be used as a tool," Sheehan said. "About 10 years ago, the county raised a bunch of fees. It would be worth looking at those fees to see if they are in line with the cost of providing those services."

District 27

Republican Abe Forsyth has served on the board since 2000. He is 75 and a self-employed concrete contractor. He described the leadership on the county board as "superb."

"The best thing to do is stay within our means and not vote to borrow money. We need to work within the budget we have and not exceed that budget. It goes back to one thing - if you haven't got the money, don't spend it," Forsyth said.

Democrat John Buscher has never before run for public office. He is 50 and works for City Water, Light and Power. If elected, Buscher said he would do what the people in his district would want him to do.

"I'd have to sit down, see where the money is going now and find where I could make cuts without causing too much harm to people," Buscher said. "Right now, I'm on the outside and I really don't have the facts in front of me. I think I can get out and talk to the people more and do what they want."

District 29

Republican Billy Moss has served on the board since 2002. He is 50 and the owner of Moss Concrete and Excavation. He said the board has made cuts over the years while also completing some major projects such as the new health department building off South Grand Avenue.

"We opened the new building in the medically underserved area of the city - just like we said we would," Moss said. "We also said we would do it without using new revenue, and with what we were already spending on the health department, and that's exactly what we did."

Democrat Chris Boyster is seeking his first public office. He is 37 and works as the director of programs and services for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. He said he believes in "priority spending."

"We need somebody (on the board) who is going to bring our perspectives to the table," Boyster said. "We need to make sure we invest our priorities in such things as keeping our deputies on the street and front line services. I'm not elected yet, but I believe we need to put our priorities first."


Incumbent county board members who are running unopposed are: Todd Smith, R-District 2; David Mendenhall, R-District 3; Jim Good, R-District 8; Mike Sullivan, R-District 11; Sam Montalbano, R-District 13; Greg Stumpf, R-District 16; Tim Schweska, D-District 18; Linda Douglas-Williams, D-District 20; Clyde Bunch, D-District 21; Timothy Moore, R-District 22.

John Reynolds can be reached at 788-1524.

Don't know your district?

People who aren't sure what county board district they live in can visit the Sangamon County clerk's website, type in their street addresses and view a sample ballot. Fifteen of the 29 board districts are up for re-election this year.






The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

June 11, 2008 Wednesday

More and more Americans are bringing their own bags ;
Plastic sacks litter the land, clog landfills, use petroleum

BYLINE: NICOLE MILSTEAD STAFF WRITER / nicole.milstead@sj-r.com


LENGTH: 779 words

The frequent grocery-store question of paper or plastic has a trendy new answer: "Neither - I brought my own."

Springfield resident Nicola Evans figures she avoids using 20 plastic bags a week.

"We use the reusable bags because the production for making plastic bags is terrible on the environment," Evans said. "Plus, they are everywhere. They are trash and in the ocean and just everywhere."

Evans, her husband and son use only reusable shopping bags. The Evans family goes shopping two or three times per week, and Nicola Evans says she can fit as many items into one reusable bag as in three or four plastic bags.

Dave Walters, manager of the waste reduction section for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, says plastic bags are a two-pronged problem. The first is that bags are litter and blow around. The second is plastic bags are made from a non-renewable resource. Plastic grocery bags are petroleum- based.

Walters says the EPA is starting a pilot program later this year in Lake County that requires retailers to take back plastic bags to be recycled. The No. 1 item made from recycled plastic bags is decking.

In Springfield, Wal-Mart and Schnucks accept plastic bags for recycling. The County Market in Chatham will also take the bags back.

The EPA reports that plastic bags were introduced to grocery stores in 1977, but recycling did not start until 1990.

Winona Dulka of Springfield considers herself environmentally conscious and carries reusable bags as well as a basket.

"I have a Longaberger Medium Market Basket that I take everywhere. I use it when I fly, 'cause it is easy for security and it holds everything," Dulka said. "I also take it to the pharmacy because they are really bad about using too many bags."

Dulka says she is disappointed that stores do not give a credit for bringing your own bag. She says Meijer for a time gave a 5-cent credit for bringing your own bags. Just two weeks after Dulka bought the Meijer brand reusable bags, the store discontinued the credit nationwide.

"I would love to see all the grocery stores in Springfield give a credit to people who bring your own bag," she said. "What's a nickel? It will help them sell their reusable bags, and then they won't have to pay for plastic ones."


Jen Dillman


of Springfieldmoms.org


wrote "101 Tips for Living Green in Springfield." Tip number 97 is teaching your children about reusable bags. Dillman recommends the book "My Bag and Me" to help children understand.

"We use reusable bags because plastic bags don't break down," Dillman said.

On average, 10 billion plastic grocery bags are used in the United States each year.

Springfield store managers estimate that they go through thousands of plastic bags per week.

Evans suggests leaving the reusable bags in the car all the time to make the transition easier.

"It was harder on my husband to remember them than me," she said. "He was always leaving his cart full of groceries and running to the car to get the bags. It took a couple of months to transition."

Jennifer Marrow of Chatham uses an Ikea reusable tote because it is made of a sturdy, tarp-like material and holds four times as much as regular reusable bags. It could hold as much as 16 plastic bags if it isn't too heavy to carry, Marrow said.

Ikea and Aldi are two stores that charge for plastic bags if the customer does not bring their own bags.

"It really is a great incentive to bring your own bag," Marrow said.

Reusing plastic

The State Journal-Register is delivered in plastic bags to protect your paper from weather. These bags can be reused. They can be placed in your paper box for carrier pickup or you can call your carrier to pick them up to be reused.

Top reader suggestions on ways to reuse plastic bags:

* Garbage can liners and trash bags

* Picking up after a dog, cat or other pet

* Packing material for storage or shipping

* To hold dirty laundry or shoes inside suitcases when traveling

* Wrapping meat for freezing

* Covering paintbrushes and rollers to be used the next day

* Lunch boxes

* To sort recycling

Where to buy reusable bags

Some of the places in Springfield that sell reusable bags:

Macy's $3.95

County Market $0.99

Babies R Us $1.99

Wal-mart $1.00

Target $1.49-5.99

Schnucks $1.25

Pier 1 $2.99

Meijer $0.99

Walgreens $0.99

How much plastic?

Estimated plastic bag usage at Springfield stores:

* Schnucks on Sangamon Avenue, 12,000-15,000 per month

* County Market on Veterans Parkway, 40,000 per week, 50,000 per week during the holidays.

* Wal-mart Supercenter, 90,000 per week

More on the matter

* "My Bag and Me" is a book for children.


Web poll: Paper, plastic or neither?




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The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

April 20, 2008 Sunday

Van Meter's activism didn't start with sewer board



LENGTH: 1588 words

Friends and political rivals characterize Sangamon County Board chairman Andy Van Meter as one of the smartest public servants around, but it's not clear whether his front-row involvement in the controversy surrounding the Springfield Metro Sanitary District will ultimately be seen as smart.

Van Meter, the son of a Springfield banker and a successful businessman in his own right, has demonstrated that he's willing to step forward when he sees a vacuum - whether in public office or in college-student shower technology.

Van Meter was spurred to run for elective office because he got mad at Hillary Clinton.

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"I thought it was ridiculous that the government was going to take over the health-care industry," Van Meter said in an interview last week.

Clinton, now a U.S. senator from New York and one of two Democratic presidential aspirants, was then, in her role as first lady, trying to reform U.S. health care. (It turned out to be a failed effort.)

"So I got mad and ran out and did a very rash thing, and said, 'How can I get involved in politics?'" Van Meter recalled.

He posed the question to Illinois and Sangamon County Republican Party heavyweight Bill Cellini.

"He sent me to Irv," Van Meter said, referring to Irv Smith, then the Sangamon County GOP chairman.

Those talks led to Van Meter winning a seat on the county board in 1994. He was elected chairman of the 29-member panel in early 2000. He is paid $25,357 in that role, $7,519 as base pay and $17,838 for being chairman.

'The public was entitled to answers'

Among the chairman's duties is the selection of people to serve on county boards and commissions. That's how Van Meter became embroiled with the sanitary district dispute.

"The public was asking a lot of questions, and I felt the public was entitled to answers all in one place," he says.

As a result, Van Meter stepped out of his usual background role in local politics to become both the chief advocate and one of the chief critics of the sewer board's actions.

The five-member sewer board over the last year raised its own pay - to $12,000 annually, plus benefits, for the part-time positions - and then last month quietly agreed to raise sewer rates by nearly 400 percent over the next eight years. Members said the hike was needed to pay for overdue improvements to the sewage treatment process.

Public outcry over those actions later led to the board halving its pay, dropping the fringe benefits, and delaying the rate increase.

Van Meter has defended the need for expensive sewer system upgrades, both in public forums and, notably, in two full-page ads in The State Journal-Register - which Van Meter said cost him about $10,000 of his own money.

But in the same venues, Van Meter also sharply criticized the board's compensation. In one ad, he characterized board members' "pay and perks" as "an open sore on the body politic."

Van Meter said he had spent about a week gathering information on the debate from sanitary district board members and staff members. The newspaper published an op-ed piece he had written, but Van Meter thought he needed to say still more to explain the complicated situation.

"I felt that there was kind of a limit on how much free ink I could ask the paper to give," he said, leading to his purchase of the two pages.

Van Meter also concedes he and the county board are to blame for not acting earlier to improve the way members of county-related boards and commissions were chosen.

"The whole process for ... as long as I've been on the county board has been kind of a sloppy mess, always kind of an afterthought," he said. "A lot of times, candidates ... would be thought up half an hour before the board meeting. 'Oh, we need somebody for the animal control board. Do you know anybody?'"

He said he had assigned county administrator Ryan McCrady to formulate a new plan before the sewer board story broke. The new approach went into effect last week. The county is soliciting applicants for board and commission posts from the community, and the county board will consider nominees at least a month before they are appointed.

'No more mucky slop'

Long before Van Meter was on the county board, his name was on other ballots. A 1976 graduate of Springfield High School, he was student council president there in his junior and senior years.

Van Meter studied English and American studies at Princeton University, where a requirement for Princeton seniors was to write a paper. Coincidentally, at the time - the late 1970s - The State Journal-Register was preparing to celebrate 150 years in business.

Some other students had turned their papers into books, so Van Meter approached SJ-R publisher Jack Clarke with the idea of writing a book-length history of the paper.

"I think he really wanted just a few pages to prove that it was the oldest paper of Illinois," Van Meter said, "but what I really wanted to do was kind of write a history of the community through the pages of the paper."

"Always My Friend" - the title is taken from an 1864 Abraham Lincoln quote that still adorns the editorial page of the newspaper: "The Journal paper was always my friend ..." - was published in 1981, the newspaper's sesquicentennial year.

Van Meter believes he was paid $10,000 for the project.

Van Meter entered Stanford University Law School. In 1982, his roommate was a product designer looking for a project to highlight on his resume. Van Meter had noticed that a slimy mess formed on the buckets used by college students to carry toiletries to the shower. The roommates created a wire basket, and Van Meter got his college bookstore to start selling it.

One of Van Meter's two sisters, Alice Wolfe, was attending Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She got the baskets placed in a bookstore there. The two named the basket "LaCrate" and used the slogan, "No more mucky slop."

Sales quickly spread to other bookstores, and then to Crate & Barrel and The Container Store.

Eventually, the siblings' business was named Design Ideas and branched out into sales of a variety of home and office accessories. The company now sells 2,300 products to 6,000 retail accounts in "probably 30 or 40 countries" and has sales of $40 million a year, Van Meter said.

'I don't party'

Van Meter's father, A.D. Van Meter Jr., is the retired president of Illinois National Bank, and at various times chaired the Southern Illinois University board of trustees and the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

His mother, Margaret, headed the Illinois Executive Mansion Association for more than two decades, ending in 1996, and helped first lady Dorothy Ogilvie restore the mansion.

Never married, Andy Van Meter lives in "kind of a separate corner" of his folks' house in Leland Grove. He says he stays in hotels during his extensive business travel.

"I travel all the time, and I'm a workaholic," Van Meter said. "All I need is a bed and a lot of books. ... I don't entertain. I don't party."

He said the latest book he read was "To Kill a Mockingbird," which he re-read because he was looking for a book that would be enjoyed by Alice's two boys and the two daughters of his other sister, Ann Mohn, who lives in the Chicago area.

"We read a book a summer, together, out loud," he said. That happens at a home his parents have outside Traverse City, Mich., where family members come for "a good chunk of the summer."

Van Meter gets praise from Democrats and Republicans alike who serve with him on the county board.

'Intelligent ... but not arrogant'

"Andy is probably one of the brightest individuals I've ever met," said Andy Goleman, finance committee chairman. "He's a visionary. He's a person who can look at an issue and see the big picture."

"The key to Andy," said Doris Turner, floor leader of the four Democrats on the board, "is that although he's a highly intelligent person, he does not use that intelligence as arrogance. He is a person that can deal with anybody, no matter their station in life, in a manner that they can feel respected."

Van Meter said he goes overseas for Design Ideas three or four times annually for two or three weeks and takes shorter trips eight to 10 times a year. The business has factories in China and Thailand, and domestic trips often are to call on customers or go to trade fairs in major metropolitan areas such as New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles or Dallas.

But he keeps in touch with county business via a phone with an e-mail keypad.

"You e-mail him, he will get right back with you," Turner said.

Goleman said Van Meter told board members years ago that, "If you don't have a computer, you need to get a computer. ... We're going to have to communicate through e-mail."

Van Meter says his major accomplishments with the county board have included consolidation of the Springfield and county health departments, construction of the juvenile jail complex and 911 center, consolidation of Springfield and county animal control efforts, balancing the budget, and "keeping our promise" to lower the county property tax when the Sangamon County Complex was paid off.

Asked if he has hobbies, he said, "My hobby is politics. My life is pretty much my business and the county and politics."

Asked if he wants to run for higher office, his answer, in a word, was "no."

Van Meter wouldn't say if it would be correct to call him a millionaire.

"Well, I don't know," he said. "If you subtract the assets from what I owe the bank, I'm not sure what the net is. ... But I'll say this for sure - a million isn't what it used to be."






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The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

October 22, 2009 Thursday

City woman aiming high in first bid for public office

BYLINE: Bernard Schoenburg Staff Writer


LENGTH: 962 words

A Springfield woman with an impressive resume is circulating petitions to run for the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK,

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DEIRDRE “DK” HIRNER, 55, served as deputy chief of staff to then-Gov. BOB HOLDEN of Missouri in 2001. She also was policy director for late Missouri Gov. MEL CARNAHAN, who was running for U.S. Senate when he died in a plane crash in 2000.

Hirner, who has lived in Springfield on and off for about eight years, is executive director of the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group, which helps businesses work with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

She recently told Democratic precinct committeemen of her plans to run for the Sangamon County Board. It sounded from that speech as if she could have given Republican incumbent
JEN DILLMAN of District 23 quite a run for her money.

However, within days of talking about the county board race, Hirner started collecting signatures to make a run in the 18th Congressional District.

“I just think it’s important that we have a good race,” she said in a somewhat tortured telephone conversation this week – Hirner said she was concentrating on gathering signatures and did not yet want to say too much about the contest. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time … to be a public servant.”

Hirner actually lives in the 19th Congressional District, which is represented by U.S. Rep. JOHN Shimkus, R-Collinsville. Her home is not far from the boundary of Schock’s 18th, and by law, a person can live anywhere in the state and run for Congress from any of the state’s U.S. House districts. But her address still could create a political problem — the out-of-district candidate wanting to represent “us.” That’s not insurmountable, but it is something.

A native of Hannibal, Mo., Hirner has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri in Columbia, a doctorate in land use planning from Texas Tech University, and a law degree she got just this January from St. Louis University.

Hirner was married in March to Chuck Giger, a retired Navy aviator who in 2007 campaigned for a time to run in the Democratic U.S. House primary in the 18th. Giger ended up withdrawing to make way for former NBA coach and commentator Dick Versace.

Versace, as it turned out, later withdrew as well, and Democrats named Colleen Callahan of Kickapoo to run against Schock. Schock won with just under 59 percent of the vote.

Another Democrat also in the running. CARL RAY of Washington, near Peoria, is an Air Force veteran of the Gulf War and works in capital planning for Caterpillar Inc. He has been on the campaign trail for months.

Schock, as the youngest member of Congress, has done the rounds of media appearances during his first term, getting national attention in the process. His quarterly congressional finance report shows that he raised more than $160,000 in the three months ending Sept. 30. After spending more than $241,000 in the same period, he still had $106,000 in the bank.

Ray, who is also new to the candidate thing, raised less than $2,500 in the three-month period and had $241 in the bank as of the end of September. Ray has a good story to tell, but that kind of money total could lead Democrats to look elsewhere.

Hare fundraising

U.S. Rep. PHIL HARE, D-Rock Island, raised $172,099 during the third quarter of 2009, and as of Sept. 30 had just under $643,000 on hand in his campaign account. Almost half the third-quarter funding came from individuals.

“The fact that so many ordinary citizens contributed to Congressman Hare’s campaign in a non-election year and during a severe recession is truly remarkable,” said MAGGIE DEPOORTER, political director of the Hare campaign, in a statement.

BOBBY SCHILLING of Colona, a restaurant owner and GOP candidate for Hare’s 17th Congressional District seat, said Hare has received many individual contributions from people outside the district, including lawyers.

Schilling said several days ago that he raised about $10,000 in the third quarter and had taken in about that much since the beginning of October. He said he is building a grass-roots campaign that has more than 800 volunteers in Rock Island County.

“We are just now this next quarter focusing on fund-raising,” Schilling said.

New job for Jaeger

BETHANY JAEGER, who has been Statehouse bureau chief for Illinois Issues magazine since early 2006, is leaving that job to become a management consultant for Kerber, Eck & Braeckel in Springfield.

Jaeger, 29, of Chatham, is an Algonquin native who has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. She interned with Illinois Issues as part of her master’s program in 2004.

She also has worked as managing editor of The Chronicle in Hoopeston and as a health reporter for the Decatur Herald & Review.

“I love Illinois Issues,” she said. “I think it plays a really important role in this changing time in media. But this opportunity kind of fell in my lap, and I’m really intrigued because I’ll get to use my brain in a different way and it will be refreshing to get someone from point A to point B.”

The magazine is a unit of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield.

“Bethany has been our first multimedia reporter, taking photographs and shooting video as well as writing for the print magazine and our online blog,” said DANA HEUPEL, executive editor of the magazine. “She’s done a fantastic job, and we wish her only the best.”

Jaeger will also see her income improve. She’s been paid $32,000 annually at the magazine.

Heupel said he hopes the position will be filled soon.

Bernard Schoenburg is political columnist for The State Journal-Register. He can be reached at 788-1540 or




The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

September 8, 2008 Monday

NEWS IN BRIEF: Public Health, Wal-Mart unite to collect old TVs

BYLINE: Staff Reports


LENGTH: 152 words

Sangamon County residents will be able to dispose of unwanted televisions Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 2760 N. Dirksen Parkway.

People who want to buy new TVs will receive a $20 discount coupon if they bring in old TVs.

The service, sponsored by the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and Wal-Mart, is open 24 hours a day, as is the store.

“Many seniors and rural county residents may find themselves with old televisions that they would like to properly dispose of at no cost,” said county board member
Jen Dillman. “Our goal is to protect the environment.”

Many televisions will be rendered obsolete in February, when TV stations will be required to switch from analog to digital broadcasting. However, people can buy converter boxes to enable digital reception on analog sets. A person can order a $40 converter coupon by calling (888)DTV-2009 orvisiting



The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

June 4, 2008 Wednesday

Super Pantry reopening called symbolic by alderman

BYLINE: NICOLE MILSTEAD STAFF WRITER / nicole.milstead@sj-r.com


LENGTH: 292 words

Renovation of the Mobil Super Pantry at 1940 S. MacArthur Blvd. is symbolic, according to those who attended Tuesday's grand opening.

"This is just another step in our transformation of MacArthur," said Ward 7 Ald. Debbie Cimarossa, who represents the area. "Some exciting things are going to happen."

Cimarossa is working to develop a city ordinance to limit the number of payday loan outlets in a single part of Springfield. She said she plans to introduce the ordinance in the near future. Several payday loan businesses operate along South MacArthur.

MacArthur Boulevard resident David Farrell said he's particularly excited to see the Super Pantry reopened.

"You never know when one spark is going to cause a lot of opportunity," he said.

Sangamon County Board member Jen Dillman agreed.

"This reopening sends the message to people looking into the area that this is a good place to open a business," Dillman said.

Some neighbors of the business had objected to its plans to sell beer and wine, but the city council in February approved a zoning variance allowing beer and wine sales.

Cory Jobe, chairman of the MacArthur Boulevard Business Association, said several businesses are interested in moving into vacant buildings on MacArthur, such as the old Kmart and Esquire buildings.

"I spoke with four entrepreneurs yesterday who are looking into putting businesses here," he said.

The association also has been working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to beautify MacArthur Boulevard from South Grand to Wabash avenues.

"This street has a traffic count of 26,000 per day," Jobe said. "We are looking for uniformity."

On the Web







The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

June 11, 2008 Wednesday

'My Bag and Me' aims to turn children green

BYLINE: NICOLE MILSTEAD STAFF WRITER / nicole.milstead@sj-r.com


LENGTH: 331 words

"My Bag and Me" by Karen Farmer is a cardboard book that follows a young boy on his journey to save the world one bag at a time. The book filled a need for what the author called a new wave of going green.

"The trend of going green needed to include kids, and this is a very special and specific book about a little boy and his bag," Farmer said.

The little boy takes his bag shopping and teaches others along the way that he is doing his part to save the planet.

"Let's take a trip to our favorite store, where My Bag and Me say, 'Paper and plastic no more."

The book comes with a reusable bag that matches the one the little boy uses in the book. The bag is kid-sized, recyclable and made from Tyvek.

Farmer was once a saleswoman for Penton Overseas, a company that sells programs for teaching foreign languages. Seven years ago, the company came out with a book to teach toddlers what could be considered a foreign language to them. The book "It's Potty Time" filled a need and is now available all over the country. After that success, Penton developed Penton Kids Press, which writes books for kids ages 2-5 years old.

Farmer says she started writing children's books because there were topics that kids needed a book about, but one did not exist.

"I just try to think like a child," she said.

The book "My Bag and Me" rhymes like all of her others. This was farmer's sixth book.

Farmer has had no education in children's literature, but she raised a child and thinks her musical ability and her artistic side is what helped make writing children's books come naturally.

"If you write a book that raises a child's self-esteem, it is a winner every time," she said. " I add a feel-good element. That is what I like to do."

Jen Dillman of springfieldmoms.org said her children noticed she used the bags, and the book was a fun way to reinforce it. She found the book online and then at Barnes & Noble booksellers. "My Bag and Me" retails for $10.95 for the book and the bag.




The State Journal- Register (Springfield, IL)

March 27, 2011 Sunday

Cellini still in the mix in local GOP

BYLINE: Bernard Schoenburg Staff Writer


LENGTH: 951 words

BILL CELLINI has not been convicted of anything and strenuously proclaims his innocence, but the fact that he remains indicted and is scheduled to go to trial this summer on federal corruption charges still might indicate - at least from a public perception standpoint - that he shouldn't be seen as a force in the Sangamon County Republican world.

But there is a direct link between Cellini and money that's been paid and offered as part of Springfield's mayoral campaign.

That's because when Sangamon County GOP Chairman TONY LIBRI helped engineer payments totaling more than $9,900 for campaign expenses of Sangamon County Auditor PAUL PALAZZOLO - who kept his word and dropped out of the mayor's race when he didn't get the party's backing - the money came from the Sangamon County Republican Foundation.

That foundation, according to state records, is chaired by Sangamon County Board Chairman ANDY VAN METER. The treasurer is Cellini. The only other officer listed with the State Board of Elections is ROBIN ELLISON, administrative assistant, who works for the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association, where Cellini is still executive director.

JANIS CELLINI, sister of Bill, is executive director of the foundation.

Bill Cellini's trial on allegations of fraud conspiracy, extortion conspiracy and attempted extortion, dating back to his dealings with the Teachers' Retirement System is set for Aug. 22.

Earlier this month, when Libri tried to entice third-place primary finisher MIKE COFFEY JR. out of the race for mayor, and $13,000 in TV advertising was brought up, Libri arranged for a $13,000 check to be cut from the foundation. Coffey friend and Sangamon County Clerk JOE AIELLO was given the check and called Coffey a couple of times, but Coffey didn't want it.

Palazzolo didn't get out of the race until the GOP's screening committee chose Coffey, but he did say what his costs had been when party leaders asked. The list he gave me included $6,629 to the consulting firm Hodas & Associates, run by GLENN HODAS of Springfield.

Interestingly, one of Hodas' subcontractors, who was paid $1,950 for website work, is MICHELLE TJELMELAND, wife of county board member JOEL TJELMELAND JR.


Another county board member

who worked directly for Palazzolo is




who's been paid $1,500 for fundraising consulting.


JIM GOOD, a third county board member, got $907 as reimbursement for printing and mailing expenses. Palazzolo himself got $885 in reimbursement for parade candy and expenses for a fundraiser at a pizza restaurant. Palazzolo said he also spent more than $700 of his own on other campaign bills that came in later.

Just last week, Palazzolo reported a portion of those payments - those of at least $1,000 - as part of required campaign finance reporting. He said because he was no longer a candidate, he didn't know he had to file timely reports of those big donations, but now that he's reviewed election law, he's had his campaign treasurer get it done.

"We're doing it right as quickly as possible," he said.

While the GOP is no longer supporting Coffey for mayor, former GOP Chairman IRV SMITH is. He had backed Palazzolo earlier, and was at a Coffey fundraiser last week.

Making the decision to run

We don't always hear how candidates get into a race, but Sangamon County Board member TIM MOORE seemed proud to explain part of the process of how his wife, DONNA MOORE, was recruited to run for the Subdistrict 5 seat on the Springfield School Board.

Moore told a Sangamon County Republican Network lunch some time back that in viewing the seat being left open because incumbent CHERYL WISE wasn't running again, "I thought, boy, oh gosh, who are we going to find to run. ... And Tony (Libri) and I were talking, and Andy Van Meter, and they were like, 'Well, what do you think about Donna running?'" Moore said.

He noted his wife runs two Curves for Women fitness centers, they are raising seven children, and public service runs in the family.

The Moores met when both were Army lieutenants and, Tim Moore said, "I thought, that gal, her worst day is everybody else's best day. She runs circles around everybody."

Donna Moore, who retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Illinois Army National Guard, said her father, ROBERT THILL, retired a decade ago as the longest-serving town clerk of Lancaster, N.Y.

"This is something Tim and I had talked about before," she said of her running for office. "He sees a lot of good qualities in me. I have high expectations in myself, and I am always striving to do better."

So despite her immediate reaction of "Can't they find anybody else?", she said, her husband encouraged her, and "now that I'm walking the district, and I'm realizing that gosh, I do have the skills for this."

CANDACE MUELLER, the candidate running against Moore, is assistant director of external relations for the Illinois Board of Higher Education, has two children in college and was vice president of the PTO at Springfield High School, where her son graduated after the family moved to Springfield. She had been on the school board, including time as president, in Ewing, N.J.

"Serving on the school board was a high honor for me," Mueller said. "When I heard Cheryl Wise wasn't running again ... I thought to myself - me, myself and I only - 'I wonder if the voters of Springfield would allow me to sit at the school board table on their behalf.' And I went to the board office and picked up the application."

Mueller didn't identify a party preference, saying she's worked for people in both major parties. She voted in the GOP primary in 2008.

Bernard Schoenburg is political columnist for The State Journal-Register. He can be reached at 788-1540 or





The State Journal- Register (Springfield, IL)

November 3, 2010 Wednesday



LENGTH: 2548 words


232 of 232 precincts reporting

Sangamon County Board, District 23

Jen Dillman (R) 1,369

Timothy Sheehan (D) 1,148




The State Journal- Register (Springfield, IL)

February 6, 2011 Sunday

Tim Landis: Rexx Battery to move to Clear Lake Avenue

BYLINE: Tim Landis


LENGTH: 971 words

After nearly 30 years on South Grand Avenue East, REXX BATTERY CO. expects to be in a new facility on Clear Lake Avenue this summer.

The move also will take the company from leasing to owning its own building, said co-owner Tracee Kelly.

"It's actually a little smaller than the square footage we have now, but it's built for the battery business," said Kelly.

Kelly and her sister, Laurie Fitzsimmons, are second-generation owners of the company, which was started by their parents, Rex and Carol Cutsinger. Kelly said a third generation of children also works for the business.

They also operate Battery Contact Inc. at the South Grand location.

The business was on Rochester Road for 10 years before moving to 2505 South Grand Ave. E., where it has been for 28 years.

Kelly said the business handles about six tractor-trailer loads a week of products - ranging from industrial to watch batteries - and the new site at Milton Avenue and Clear Lake will provide easier access to Interstates 72 and 55.

While Rexx has retail sales, Kelly said the bulk of the business is wholesale distribution. She said a traffic light at the intersection also will make it easier for large trucks to get to and from the warehouse.

"It's not because we don't like where we are. It's just a little closer to the interstate," said Kelly. "We'll also own our building. We've been saving for a long time."

As for the extra "x" in the company name, Kelly said that was suggested by her late mother. "It was mom's idea, she was looking for a new name that was different."

The website is www.rexxbattery.com, and the phone number is 789-6049.

A couple of local construction projects should begin as soon as weather allows.

The city of Springfield has approved a building permit for the estimated $680,000 cost of renovating the AMTRAK STATION.

The Springfield City Council two years ago approved tax-increment financing funds to pay about 80 percent of the cost. Work will include repairing the parking lot and updates to the station.

ROAD RANGER, meanwhile, has approval to begin foundation work for a new convenience store on Toronto Road. The company is building on the site of the old Total Eclipse club, just west of Interstate 55.

The MACARTHUR BOULEVARD redevelopment study should be ready to take to the city council in the next month, said Sangamon County Board member


Jen Dillman,


who also is a co-chair for the study group.

She said a follow-up committee will begin implementing the recommendations, including zoning changes, streetscape, commercial redevelopment and possible funding sources.

A $79,000 federal grant that paid for the study has been used, and the group is looking for ways to pay for a public presentation, including The Lakota Group consulting firm. Norm Sims, executive director of the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission, said the added cost should not be significant.

The commission helped coordinate the study.





The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

June 22, 2008 Sunday

Democrat Tumulty gets help from other side of aisle


LENGTH: 1376 words

Some fundraising invitations are more interesting than others. One for Sangamon County circuit clerk candidate CECILIA TUMULTY falls into the "more interesting" category.

That's because the hosts of the $25-per-person, $40-per-couple cocktail reception from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday are a couple Republicans - JACK FYANS and PETE CIMAROSSA.

Tumulty, who now holds the officially nonpartisan job of Springfield city clerk, is a Democrat, and she's running under the party label in the November election against incumbent Circuit Clerk TONY LIBRI, who is not only a Republican, but chairman of the Sangamon County GOP.

Fyans and Cimarossa were both involved with the now-defunct Evening Republican Club. Libri, after becoming party chairman, was critical of that club's president since the 1980s, CLAUDIO PECORI, because Pecori, despite his party leadership role, had donated to some Democrats.

Cimarossa, 80, said that while he votes in Republican primaries, he's actually from a Democratic family, has backed some Democrats, and doesn't like Libri's recent strictness about party loyalty.

"I've always voted for Tony in the past," Cimarossa said. "I don't have no use for the man any more. ... I vote my mind. Nobody tells me how to vote."

The demise of the Evening Republican Club, he said, was part of the problem.

Fyans, a psychologist, said he and Pecori were "major supporters" of Libri when he ran for mayor of Springfield in 2003. After Libri became party chairman, Fyans said, Fyans and Pecori and Libri had "breakfast every other week for a couple months" to discuss things.

"And then, all of a sudden, he (Libri) didn't call any more," Fyans said.

Fyans also said he's known Tumulty for a while, and considers her "a tremendous lady."

"She's got a lot of good leadership skills, and they're not coupled with a lot or rancor or contention," Fyans said. "If I'm going to have a leader, I'd rather have one that's ... not a source of that."

Pecori's name isn't on the invitation, but he said he'll probably attend.

"I have friends all over the place," Pecori said, including Democrats as well as Republicans.

"I've known her family," he said of Tumulty. "She's (a) highly qualified, experienced, professional lady (and) candidate."

Libri was out of town on National Guard duty last week. His campaign finance committee chairman, BRIAN SCHACKMANN, said there are also "quite a few Democrats supporting Tony."

"I think this is just typical Sangamon County politics," Schackmann said. "You never know what's going to happen."

Tumulty said she's known Cimarossa and Fyans for a number of years, and they offered to do an event for her.

"For the last 10 years, I've enjoyed support from both sides of the aisle," she said, "and I'd like to continue that tradition."

The fundraiser is at the Globe Tavern in the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center indowntown Springfield.

Mega conference calls

What is apparently a growing trend in communication between public officials and constituents is taking hold in Springfield and central Illinois.

"Telephone town hall meetings" involve what can be hundreds or thousands of people hooked up in a conference call, and there is a way for people to get to ask questions, with everybody hearing the conversation.

One evening last week,

Sangamon County


Board Chairman ANDY VAN METER


and three GOP members –



JEN DILLMAN of District 23, Vice Chair


ROSEMARIE LONG of District 10 and


SARAH MUSGRAVE of District 9 –


were on the line for such a town hall event. A company hired to produce the meeting called thousands of homes and invited people to patch into the conversation.

Dillman said most questions to her were about redevelopment of MacArthur Boulevard - a hot topic in the area.

This call was paid for by a campaign fund for GOP county board members. Other calls are planned by groups of Republicans on the board.

Dillman, 28, is the youngest member of the board. She is also finance director for U.S. Rep. JOHN SHIMKUS, R-Collinsville, and said Shimkus has used the technology. When she was appointed to the board to replace Springfield Ward 7 Ald. DEBBIE CIMAROSSA, Dillman held one such town hall meeting, and said it went well.

The one last week lasted 57 minutes. Over that time, more than 1,100 people participated, she said.








Johnson campaign – shimkus link –


Xa caldwell – uiuc aviation -


shimkus staffer - schoenburg


Bernard Schoenburg: Fair not just entertainment for Johnson

By BERNARD SCHOENBURG (bernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com)


Posted Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:08 AM

U.S. Rep. TIM JOHNSON, R-Urbana, who is making a push to get himself known in the Springfield area as he would represent much of it under a new district map, is finding this year’s Illinois State Fair a good place to meet potential constituents.

“I was always under the impression it was probably 80 percent out of the area,” he said of the crowd that he’s encountered there over the years. But now that he’s searching for votes in the new 13th Congressional District, which would include much of Springfield, he said he’s finding 80 percent to 90 percent of the people he’s been talking to there are from the area, making it “more than just entertainment.”

Johnson made this observation after I noticed he and some staff near Springfield’s municipal complex this week. Turns out he had just met with Mayor MIKE HOUSTON and discussed matters including where high-speed rail should be routed through the city.

Similar to Houston’s stand, Johnson said, he is “absolutely, 100 percent in for 10th Street,” saying the mayor and others have convinced him that “in terms of economic development, in terms of infrastructure, in terms of the future of Springfield, it is critical.”

Meanwhile, some of Johnson’s congressional and political staff already reflect the area. Among those with him this week was Sangamon County Board member JEN DILLMAN, R-District 23. She used to be a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. JOHN SHIMKUS, R-Collinsville, but has been on the Johnson team since January.

MARK SHELDEN, Johnson’s chief of staff, said the three months that ended June 30 was the “best quarter we’ve had since the first election.” Johnson was a longtime state representative before being elected to Congress in 2000.

Johnson raised nearly $125,000 in the three-month period, and had nearly $284,000 on hand as of June 30. Dillman was paid $6,000 during that three-month period.

Also with Johnson was SAM PFISTER, 25, who went to high school in Rochester and is a 2008 Western Illinois University grad. He’s a legislative assistant to Johnson in Washington, D.C., and particularly handles agriculture issues.

Pfister gave the youth perspective back in 2009 when he spoke in a tax day tea party rally on April 15 outside the Statehouse.

“The more they spend now, the more they will tax later,” he said of our government leaders. “That means my generation will have less political freedom, less economic freedom, more rules to follow, more regulation to abide by, and more foreign powers to answer to. They have abandoned our principles and our values and now it is our liberty at stake.”

He also mentioned things including the “puppet media” and the “decrepit men that caused this mess” with the economy, proving that he was not shy about speaking his mind.